Food and drink
Since I last visited Dehesa has joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association and as part of that commitment is featuring local fish such as gurnard in preference to the over-familiar Mediterranean species. British interlopers such as Old Spot pork belly, pickled walnuts, samphire and gooseberries appear on the menu too, but the kitchen never strays far from its Spanish-Italian ethos. Dishes are designed for sharing – fish, meat and vegetable tapas are listed on one side of the menu, and charcuterie and cheese on the other; brunch specials (including the attention-grabbing foie gras with fried eggs and patatas) are served on weekends. The wine list is appropriately Spanish and Italian and features some intriguing sherries, but also a strong choice of Scotch whiskies.
Communal tables and a youthful food and wine-loving crowd keep things lively but very likeable.
Friendly and easy-going, as long as you don’t outstay your two-hour welcome.
Just few steps from Carnaby Street – and a real bright spot in the area.
Tapas are £3.50-£7.75, cheese and charcuterie plates £8.60-£8.75, freshly carved Jabugo ham £13. Wines start at £15 a bottle (that’s quite kind for central London).
Salt Yard, which serves a very similar menu, is on Goodge Street, Fitzrovia and has more of a business vibe. In January 2011, the team plan to open their third restaurant, Opera Tavern, this time in Covent Garden.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- People watching