Barrafina – fine tapas in London

Barrafina almost reminded me of Cerveceria Catalana in Barcelona. This restaurant takes no reservations and with it being so popular with very limited seating, you’re bound to wait for an average time of 45 minutes. They don’t take your name and number so you can’t stroll around, you just wait there, so make sure you are with good company. You will be very bored otherwise because this isn’t a bar… awkward. Luckily I had a catchup with my friend whom I hadn’t seen in over a year so there was plenty to talk about.


All seats face the kitchen which is nice, I always like to see what’s going on while I’m eating.



It was a Sunday afternoon and that caused for a drink just because… They serve very good wine at reasonable prices – the below was £20 per bottle.


Tapas is perfect for those days when you don’t know what you ‘re craving. Here was our selection:

Pan con Tomate – you shouldn’t go to a tapas place and not have this bread. It was as delicious as always.


This king prawn speaks for itself. It tasted as nice and fresh as it looked. Apparently you can eat the shell, I have never tried that.


Courgette flower with melted goats cheese tempura, glazed with honey. I’m all about my meat and fish but this was my favourite by far, it blew me away! I will convert to being vegetarian for this little baby.


The lamb had too much fat, too little meat and was lacking in flavour. I wouldn’t recommend this dish.


We saw someone having the Octopus and pointed straight at it – one of those please! I would normally have lemon with Octopus but the capers made up for it, still it was a little too salty in my opinion.


Delicious and cheesy Ham Croquetas – another traditional dish you can’t go wrong with.


The Crèma Catalana wasn’t very creamy. It had an orange flavor which I wasn’t a fan of and was almost like a Christmas version of the original Crèma Catalana (or maybe I have the wrong idea of how one is meant to taste).


Overall it was great, I would know what to pick for next time. It seemed that the more simple dishes were the best ones. Its a very good quality tapas place and is worth a visit.

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