Let me set the scene. Â 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 crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e. Delicous. We decided to celebrate our great find with a Tequila Sunrise. The perfect way to end a wonderful meal.
El Pirata isÂ 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 spaceÂ with incredibly interestingÂ dÃ©cor, 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.