There is something rather special about ordering a whole array of dishes and sharing amongst friends, the most social way of dining out without a doubt and there’s no grub better suited to sharing than classic tapas.
The Opera Tavern has reopened, having recently been purchased by the renowned Salt Yard Group and is a beautiful two-storey bar and restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden’s theatre land. They specialise in Italian and Spanish influenced tapas, charcuterie and small plates, and have a charcoal grill on the ground floor where they cook up all manner of tasty meaty treats, the aromas alone are reason to visit.
Everything I ate was excellent, but a few dishes elbowed their way to the front for attention. The Nduja scotch egg was cooked to absolute perfection (order a couple!) and the slow-cooked Galician octopus with saffron aioli melt in the mouth and packed full of flavours. Other highlights include the classic padron peppers with sea salt and the Iberico pork burger with aged manchego cheese, a real showstopper!
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, the Opera Tavern is a great gaff to visit before taking in a show or heading out for cocktails in Soho with friends. It’s ultra buzzy, the service is clued-up and friendly and it’s terrific value. So grab five friends and order as much as you possibly can!
Price Rating – ££
Ambience – *****
Service – ****
Food is served daily from 12pm – 11pm and you can book online here.