Food and drink
I was more than satisfied by a large and well-made slice of asparagus flavoured tortilla for my lunch. At 5pm, a superb, moreish array of pintxos appears - these open sandwiches topped with all sorts of delicious things are northern Spain's version of tapas. You can wash the pintxos down in traditional Iberian style with a glass or two of cava: La Oliva has an excellent Spanish wine list. Dinner can be raciones (shared plates) of top-quality, traditional Spanish food, such as Pata Negra ham or razor clams. There are also (rather pricey) main course dishes on offer, such as fish stew, oven-baked sea bass, or duck breast with figs.
The stylish bar area, with hams hanging in one corner, communal and private tables, and candles lit in the evening, can be noisy at peak times, but there is a quieter dining room to the side.
The Spanish staff are knowledgeable and very on the ball.
In the heart of the quaint Jordaan district.
Tortilla at lunchtime 5 euros; pintxos 4 euros a piece; raciones from 8.5 euros; main courses from 21 euros; glass of cava 5.5 euros.