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Dehesa

Restaurants, Spanish Soho
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A south European small plates restaurant just off Carnaby Street.

Part of the much loved Salt Yard micro-chain, Dehesa has been knocking out acclaimed, contemporary Spanish/Italian small plates for a whole decade. But rather like its big bro in Fitzrovia, it seems to be having a bit of a wobble.

First, the good news. Every dish was, aesthetically, a miniature work of art, and service was affable and efficient (especially commendable given a rammed Friday night). A plate of chargrilled chorizo was ace, the sausage piquant anyway but even zingier strewn with marinated anchovies and salsa verde. A heap of flat iron steak was tender, ferrous and primally meaty, well paired with more salsa and the clean, peppery high notes of sliced radish. Grilled runner beans flecked with toasted almond and shaved manchego were good, but absolutely did not need the over-wobby soft-poached ‘hen’s egg’ (aka egg) perched on top.

Everything else was rather one-note, and largely oversalted. I’ll put that first point down to a pervasive reliance on purées and other homogenous smears of root veg: beetroot with an otherwise passable heap of blowtorched mackerel; beige chickpea under a slab of greasy confit trout and flavourless broccoli; and cloying sweet potato beneath some rather mealy rounds of monkfish, wrapped in speck and, thankfully, dotted with zingy datterini tomatoes. Nothing truly enraging, then, but frustrating nonetheless: potentially super chow marked down by easily remedied issues. London’s food landscape is so fertile, and improving at such a relentless pelt, that it’s inevitable the old guard might struggle to keep up. It’s quite conceivable, though, that Dehesa could be back up to speed in no time.

Details

Address: 25 Ganton Street
London
W1F 9BP
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.
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Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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A fantastic place to enjoy interesting and delicious tapas. This is not 'classic tapas' in fact much more interesting and inspired by the flavours of Spain and Italy. The ingredients and produce they use are fantastic so you do pay a little bit more than places such as PIX but the quality shows and it is really worth it. 


We shared 6 tapas between the two and they were all absolutely fantastic. The prawns with squid ink fregola (a pasta grain I learnt!) was so delicious, and also the hake and sea trout dishes we had too. They arent massive portions, but this is tapas - and all were perfectly sized and so full of flavour. 


For meats we had venison and lamb belly, both very warming on a cold night and packed again with lots of different flavours. We also had the Patatas Fritas - which I read in a review below a complaint about - these are NOT patatas bravas which i think the other visitor thought they might be. They are patatas fritas as clearly stated on the menu and they are delicious. We ordered more.


For dessert we shared a fantastic chocolate delice, super naughty but one of the best puddings i have had in a while. We had great wine, fantastic service and the atmosphere is electric. Yes you are close together with other diniers but this is tapas bar style and makes for a great buzz. A must visit!

tastemaker

A pretty average tapas dinner with my friend a few weeks ago. We came on a weeknight for a catch-up meal and since we both enjoy Spanish/Italian food, I thought this would be a good pick. I always walk by this restaurant when I'm around Carnaby Street and it was one of the few that I hadn't tried yet. 


As a starter, we shared the Italian Charcuterie Selection. This came with a few slices of salami, prosciutto, and coppa. To go along with it, we ordered the Bread Basket, which came as slices of flatbread with some olive oil. It was not the usual bread basket but it complimented the charcuterie well. 


Next, we shared the following dishes:

1. Chili & Garlic Prawns - a typical Spanish tapas dish, I thought these tasted really good but the portion size was ridiculously small! It came with four puny prawns that I could easily eat in a bite. 


2. Beetroot Gnocchi - this was not a typical tapas dish that I usually see on a menu so we thought it'd be worth trying out. I thought it was unique but the cheese made the dish far too salty. Again, the portion was too small for the price!


3. Patatas Fritas - usually this dish comes as fried cubed potatoes served with a hot sauce and aioli. This version came out as fries with the corresponding sauces on the side. You can't go wrong with fries but it was a bit of a disappointment, given they looked so average. 


By this point, we were pretty disappointed with our meal so didn't bother looking at the dessert menu - didn't want to be disappointed even more! Overall, it was simply a let-down, given the prime location and I thought the atmosphere was cute. It was a little cramped, as tables were very close to each other but the lighting and mood were perfect for an evening meal. I must mention that when I arrived (on time for my reservation), I was still asked to wait 10 minutes before being seated because my table was occupied by walk-in customers who were just having drinks. 

tastemaker

This place is a bit of a hit and miss. Been here twice now, first time was before christmas with my other half. I had booked a table for a certain time. Upon arrival, they made us wait 15 minutes because someone had given our table to another couple! Rude!! We walked out! 


Second time, I had booked again and made sure to call them up to check they hadn't forgotten and reminded them of what happened on the first occasion. The lady was sort of rude but acknowledged it wouldnt happen again.


Ordered a few sharing dishes, its such a small tiny cramped space! The food is meh, the chicken dish was overcooked. The octopus dish was the worst of all, rubbery and very hard to chew and swallow! 


They are only know for their stuffed courgette flower.


Ember yard is by far my favourite branch from this group. 




tastemaker

Dehesa is a lovely little spot tucked away behind Regent Street, serving up Spanish and Italian cheese and charcuterie, with an excellent if a little expensive wine list. Great for a relaxed drink in the afternoon, and I'd really recommend the Mahon a la Plancha with Caramelised Figs.

tastemaker

I went to Dehesa for drinks with a friend and it's a great location and a good spot for summer drinks due to the outside seating.  Unfortunately, it is near a pub where patrons smoke outside so this detracted from the enjoyment a little.  We order a couple of tapas dishes, which were good.


Overrated. Deafeningly noisy and overcrowded. They forgot our order. Food was hit and miss: lamb was great but the prawn dish and chicken were unpleasant.


We happened upon this restaurant and were completely surprised by just how stunning the food was...we had no expectations but after reading the menu, I suspected that it was going to be something more than your basic tapas. We had the sardines, the pork belly & the chorizo amongst others and each one was fabulous. Service was spot on, relaxed & friendly, would recommend anyone to go there. £50 for 2, plenty of food and a few drinks included in that. Impressed!


Hugely impressed by this lovely little restaurant. The food is stunning, and very reasonably priced. Staff are welcoming and friendly. Six tapas dishes were perfect between the two of us, and they were all delicious. I would recommend booking as it is a small restaurant, with limited tables. Will definitely be visiting again.


Delicious!! Interesting little dishes e.g. pheasant with hazelnut risotto & balsamic reduction or goats cheese-stuffed courgette flowers in tempura, drizzled with honey. Yum. Expensive wine and rather paultry cheeseboard (no crackers!), and a bizarrely runny tortilla (supposed to be like that according to the waiter) give it 4 stars rather than 5. Well worth a punt. £35 each including one glass of wine.

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