Barrafina

26-27 Dean Street, W1D 3LL

WLC Rank : 134

Food Type Cuisine: Spanish

Glass PriceGlass from : £ 6 (175 ml)

+44 ( 0) 207 440 1486

www.barrafina.co.uk

info@barrafina.co.uk

BEST FOR

Cava, Sherry and Garnacha (Grenache)

The succinct wine list devised by wine buyer, Rafa Martin, features over 30 selections by the glass, including a gamut of sherries including the Hart brothers’ own Manzanilla Pasada en Rama (a fine match with Executive Chef, Angel Zapata Martin’s grilled sardine or stuffed courgette flowers) and a sherry based vermouth, as well as Cavas both advanced in their maturity and young enough to pep the pretty crab Pipirrana salad. The shorter list of reds, driven by Rafa Martin’s love for Garnacha (Grenache) is more suited to meats, such as pig’s ear carpaccio, grilled quail with aioli, or even, for the more brave diner, milk fed lamb’s brain.

REVIEWS

Review 2018

Sam and Eddie Hart’s first bijou Barrafina launched in Soho in 2007, gaining a Michelin star in 2014, and has been supplemented, through customer demand, by further restaurants in Covent Garden’s Adelaide Street and Drury Lane. Each venue has at its heart an enticingly aromatic open kitchen visible from the banded marble bar counter, met by young Tempranillo coloured leather stools.

The succinct wine list devised by wine buyer, Rafa Martin, features over 30 selections by the glass, including a gamut of sherries including the Hart brothers’ own Manzanilla Pasada en Rama (a fine match with Executive Chef, Angel Zapata Martin’s grilled sardine or stuffed courgette flowers) and a sherry based vermouth, as well as Cavas both advanced in their maturity and young enough to pep the pretty crab Pipirrana salad. The shorter list of reds, driven by Rafa Martin’s love for Garnacha (Grenache) is more suited to meats, such as pig’s ear carpaccio, grilled quail with aioli, or even, for the more brave diner, milk fed lamb’s brain(!)

Featuring illustrations on their labels by artist, Kate Boxer, whose distinctive paintings and prints grace all three restaurants are Barrafina’s own Verdejo-Sauvignon Blanc, and Garnacha/Garnacha Blanco, available in UK supermarkets. Of these, Sam Hart comments: ‘It’s great to make a little bit of Barrafina available nationwide for those who can’t get to the restaurants very often. The Verdejo-Sauvignon works brilliantly with Mediterranean salads, fish and rice dishes.’

As any guest who has met them can no doubt attest from these natural mine hosts, the Hart brothers were born into the hospitality business. Their father, Tim Hart and Mallorcan raised mother Stefa Hart, own and run Rutland’s Hambleton Hall. And informing the sadly RIP Fino, then the small but perfectly formed Barrafina empire, Eddie spent time living and working in Madrid and travelling around Iberia. During this time his brother Sam was living in Mexico City running a nightclub. The Hart Brothers also operate Quo Vadis, Soho.

Douglas Blyde.

Review 2016/17

WLC Overall Score 87.8

Value
89
Size
88
Range
82
Originality
92
Service
88

WLC Overall Rank : 134

Food Type Cuisine: Spanish

Glass PriceGlass from : £ 6 (175 ml)

+44 ( 0) 207 440 1486

www.barrafina.co.uk

info@barrafina.co.uk

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