Tapas time

Apologies, it’s been a while… So without further ado, let’s kick off with a couple of new tapas openings, courtesy of Time Out London – ideal for all the fine weather we’re having this summer… not.

Donostia

Donostia tapas, MaryleboneCod cheeks in Pil-Pil sauce, Donostia tapas, MaryleboneThe first is Donostia, a smart ‘Basque-inspired’ restaurant/bar on Seymour Place, Marylebone and headed up by chef, Tomasz Baranski, formerly at Barrafina in Soho. The smart marble bar counter is where all the action is, facing the busy open kitchen. There are plenty of small plate delights as well as larger dishes such as the regional delicacy, cod cheeks in pil pil sauce, above.

The Fat of the Land

Fat of the Land, Marylebone

Coca de recapta, Fat of the Land, MaryleboneThe second on my shotlist was the curiously named The Fat of the Land on New Cavendish Street, Marylebone. (Is the area turning into tapas central?) A modern twist on Catalan-inspired tapas is what’s going on here, such as the coca de recapta (flatbread with roasted vegetables), above. Downstairs sports a buzzing bar counter and rustic wooden tables, while upstairs it gets all sophisticated with oak furniture and stylish lighting.

So, two worth checking out for when the sun comes out this summer… eventually.

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