This is a gem of a tapas restaurant not to be missed. Located in the quiet back water of Down Street a stone’s throw from Green Park and Hyde Park Corner, the quintessentially English location belies this Spanish experience extraordinaire.
The buzzy restaurant and bar are full of character befitting the name (‘The Pirate’). From the easy charm of the native waiters to the Mediterranean white wash walls and mouth-watering tapas, this is a slice of Spain you won’t forget. Informal, inexpensive and above all authentic, El Pirate combines exquisite tapas and fine wine in a relaxed atmosphere. The classics are there for the picking, providing a feast for the senses which is second to none – deep-fried squid, juicy chorizo, paella and tortilla to name but a few. And with a set menu of 10 tapas dishes for £20.95, El Pirate offers surprisingly good prices for such a swanky area.
There is a bespoke party room for up to 60 people with an offering of live music and two party menus (one is vegetarian) – ideal for larger parties and a great way to enjoy tapas. With a whole raft of treats from meatballs and calamares to patatas bravas and pan-fried chicken for just £18.75 per person, this really is cracking value.
Reviews confirm the obvious with Nobu’s celebrity chef and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa calling El Pirata “my favourite restaurant” and Brian May of Queen stating “El Pirata rocks!”
In the words of Gervaise Odell: “El Pirata offers me everything I look for in a restaurant. Fine food, excellent choice, comfortable surroundings, marvellous service and a bill at the end that doesn’t give me indigestion!” I couldn’t agree more.