If you haven’t got a holiday planned this year or yours is already a distant memory, add these restaurants to your To Do list. These tapas bars, tavernas and trattorias will transport you to sunnier climes – no passport required.
Spain is paradise for foodies, whether you prefer seafood by the coast or tapas and cava in the big cities. London might not be able to compete with the Spanish sunshine but there are plenty of top tapas bars to try, from big names like Barrafina and Brindisa to neighbourhood gems like José, Barrica, and Boqueria. You can relive memories of San Sebastián with a pintxo feast at Donostia Social Club, sip sherry at Drakes Tabanco, or linger over wine, cheese and charcuterie at Sibarita – the possibilities are endless.
Flavours of France
Have you been daydreaming about Parisian bistros or long lunches on the Côte d’Azur? Fear not – you can find fabulous French food (and wine) much closer to home. Choose from grand brasseries like Zédel or Bellanger; try Parisian import Frenchie in Covent Garden; or embrace the old-school charm of Otto’s or L’Escargot. We love wine bars like Antidote and Terroirs, too. A special mention must go to Le Café du Marche, which has been serving rustic French fare in Smithfield for over 25 years.
A taste of Portugal
Wish you were in Lisbon right now? Same here – but we’ve found the next best thing. Inspired by the cervejarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto, Bar Douro is the place to go for authentic Portuguese dishes, dreamy pastéis de nata, and those Instagrammable blue-and-white tiles. Follow our advice and order a white port and tonic, then tuck into pão com chouriço, garlic prawns, and salt cod fritters. Hungry for more? Try Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields or visit Canela Café in Seven Dials for petiscos, charcuterie, and wonderful Portuguese wines.Continue Reading