Dehesa is in an area so artificially funky that you fear for its soul. No need. Once you’ve elbowed your way through the Ganton Street crowds, you’ll find a venue that’s stylish and pleasant but fully focused on the plate and in the glass.
The back of the menu is a paean to the pig, in Spanish and Italian derivations, offering hams on and off the bone, including an entry-level, acorn-fed jamón ibérico. There are a few cheeses, too, mixing the expected (manchego) with the wider-ranging (torta de barros).
But we found most pleasure in the tapas menu, which pushes genre expectations with such dishes as prettily presented saffron-cured sea trout with spiced aubergine, quails’ eggs and beetroot dressing; and squid with grilled chorizo salad, pickled red onions and guindilla chillies. On the simpler side, a classic tortilla was just the right mix of textures.
The wine list is pricey, with only a couple of bottles under £20. But we’re arguing range not value: our Mallorcan Macia rosé was knowledgeably selected and worth its £28. The comfortable, brown-hued room is dominated by a couple of long tables that you’ll be asked to share – and vacate after two hours, at busy times. Capable, friendly staff generate a congenial enough atmosphere for this not to feel a chore. Alternatively, in good weather you can escape to the pleasant pavement tables.
Salt Yard, arranged over two compact floors in Fitzrovia, is Dehesa’s older sister, offering a similar selection of well-considered Spanish/Italian food and wine. It’s popular with a sophisticated office crowd.
25 Ganton Street
|Opening hours:||Tapas served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus tube|
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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.