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Lateral, Las Huertas

Lateral, Santa Ana

What’s Lateral?

One of the most well-known tapas joints in Madrid, Lateral’s terrace in Plaza Santa Ana is a truly pleasurable place to while away an evening. A top of the range chain with a distinctly ‘unchainy’ feel, Lateral is located throughout Madrid, including the popular Calle Fuencarral in Malasaña. Understated, chic and well-run, Lateral is great value with a diverse choice of tapas to boot.

Lateral, Malasaña

What of the food?

While it may be known for its top quality Tortilla, there are many other delicious dishes to choose from, from the Murcia Blood Sausage (a personal favourite a bit like black pudding), the OxTail, the Avocado and Salmon or the Pork with Melted Brie. Add a Tinto de Verano or a generously sized Gin and Tonic to the mix and you have the perfect feast.

Lateral, Arturo Soria

What’s the decor like?

If al fresco’s your cup of tea, this is the crème de la crème. Slatted wooden tables sit beneath a discrete cream canopy with flame heaters to keep you snuggly. With buzzers table-side, there’s no escape for lazy waiters who are, quite literally (or perhaps more aptly, laterally), at your beck and call.

Lateral, Santa Ana

What’s nearby?

If tapas isn’t enough for you, you can chose from an array of desserts and cocktails. Situated in the heart of possibly the prettiest square in Madrid, there are bars aplenty for after dinner digestifs or rooftop glamour atop the famous ME Hotel (next door).

In short…

Well-located, scrumptious and beautiful, this is a great stop for visiting friends and family.


Address: Plaza Santa Ana, 12


Tel: 914201582

Nearest Metro: Anton Martin / Sol

El Pirate, Mayfair

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.


5-6 Down St, London W1J 7AQ
020 7491 3810