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Black Pig and White Pearls
61 Stoke Newington High Street N16 8EL
London
United Kingdom
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I really liked this Spanish tapas place in Dalston when I went there. I wanted to catch up with my friend Harry, and he lives north of Dalston, so he suggested we go to “Black pig and white pearls” as he had walked past this place and he thought it looked interesting. As I am always keen to try out new places, even in remote parts of London, like Dalston, I was very keen to go there. Dalston is super trendy and edgy (if you don’t know where it is, and as this is a fairly new place a lot of people don’t, it is north of Shoreditch) and “Black pig and white pearls” fits right in, as from the outside the building is black and there is no sign on the house, and the only thing that lets you know you have come to the right place is a blackboard located on the street with the name of the place. I went inside and I instantly liked the atmosphere and the decor.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Salt Yard
54 Goodge Street, W1T 4NA
London
United Kingdom
GB

My friend Joris once mentioned to me that he really liked a Spanish/ Italian tapas place located near Googe Street called Salt Yard and made me feel very bad for not knowing it, suggesting I was not worthy to do my restaurant reviews if I had not tried this place, so this place has always been very high on the list of places that I have wanted to try. The Salt Yard group owns 3 restaurants - Salt Yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern, and all do tapas style dishes. I have been to the 2 years ago opened up Opera Tavern twice and thought the food was quite enjoyable, so I had high expectations for the original restaurant - Salt Yard. 

 

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Barrafina
54 Frith Street W1D 4SL
London
United Kingdom
GB

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The hardens guide ranks this as the best spanish tapas place in London. I do agree and I love this place. The only problem with this place is that it can only seat around 20 people in a small room in Soho, so unless you come at 5.30pm for dinner or some other obscure time when people don't usually eat, you will wait for a table for at least 1.5 hours as you cant book. But still you can order some dishes whilst you wait and stand against the wall. Food is excellent and is worth the wait, when I last went there I had - pan con tomate, my favourite pimientos de padron, jamon, little chorizo and potatoe chips (see in the 1st pic), cuttlefish, octopus, baby gem salad and more chorizo and potatoes (see in the 2nd pic). This is also my favourite tapas place in London, and the charm of the small room in Soho, just adds to the whole cool vibe of the place. 

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Iberica
12 Cabot Square, E14 4QQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I have now been to Iberica a few times, as quite a few of my Spanish friends have taken me there or suggested we go there as native Spaniards love this. I was a bit skeptical when I first went there as I thought it would be quite expensive and not live up to the hype and the prices, but it foes. The executive chef of Iberica is Nacho Manzano, who back home in Asturias, in Spain has a 2 Michelin star restaurant, so he knows what he is doing. Iberica now has 2 restaurants, one in Marylebone and one in Canary Wharf and I have only been to the Canary Wharf one as that is located close to my work. The restaurant has 2 floors and you can sit by the bar (which I have once done) or by a table, and both are different and equally good. 

 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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