Let me set the scene. El Pirata, Mayfair: An incredibly quaint but vibrant tapas bar.
I’m hungry. Suddenly, but not too suddenly as we were able to sit down and have a lovely chat with the incredibly welcoming manager, we are presented with three dishes: Ham, green peppers and bread. It sounds simple and that’s exactly why I loved it. It’s beautifully simple but so effective. A dish that opens up the taste buds, is light, but is still full of flavour.
In case it wasn’t obvious enough, I really liked the appetizer. It wasn’t just because it tasted like how I’d imagine heaven would taste like, but it was a great way to ease you into the meal as well as the restaurant itself.
Now I was ready to try something I’ve never tried before. I conferred with the waiters and somehow they convinced me to try the octopus. I am not a fish person, so how they did that I’ll never know. I’ll put that down to the appetizer being so good and the incredible white wine they had given us. I didn’t regret my decision to be so daring as the octopus was perfect. A fantastic texture coupled with the right seasoning, allowing the taste of the octopus to come through without being overpowering.
Alongside the octopus we had a selection of other fine dishes. My favourite was the Monkfish which was lightly fried and bursting with sweet, unwavering flavour.
To follow, we had the classic fish Paella; another great dish we were all truly in love with. The rice and shrimp were beautifully balanced and full of flavour.
For dessert we finished with crème brûlée. Delicous. We decided to celebrate our great find with a Tequila Sunrise. The perfect way to end a wonderful meal.
El Pirata is only a few yards away from Green Park and is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. It has a winning formula of an experienced, but incredibly warm and welcoming staff; in a space with incredibly interesting décor, especially if you like art; and has an atmosphere that pairs perfectly with the cuisine and location.
Congratulations are in order! Here’s to another 20 years.