Opera Tavern– Sept. ‘13

http://www.operatavern.co.uk/

Scores: 3 GFG/ Z 25/ H2

Eastern Covert Garden used to be a bit wasteland for good restaurants, which was always relatively surprising.  Opera Tavern is one of the places that is helping change that reputation.  This is a tapas place from the Salt Yard group that does dishes from both Spain and Italy.  We were seated in the upstairs dining room.  This was a very good thing as my girlfriend had to change into fancy dress in the toilet which is at the top of the stairs thus minimising embarrassment!

Chorizo with Piquillo and Marjoram

Chorizo with Piquillo and Marjoram

Padron Peppers (£4.25) were well cooked, although perhaps a bit too salty for me, we were pre-warned by our waitress that these had been coming out hot recently and we did get a few pretty damned spicy ones.  Mini Iberico pork and foie gras burger (£6.50) was as good as I remembered with lots of meaty flavour, we only had one of these between two as, although pretty small, they are still quite rich.

Swordfish with amalfi lemon

Swordfish with amalfi lemon

Chorizo with piquillo and marjoram (£5.50) was lovely, I really like cooked chorizo and some sweet soft pepper are always the prefect partner.  Swordfish with amalfi lemon (£4.00) (pinchos morunos) were very well cooked and the lemon flavour really came though helping the meaty fish.

Chargrilled octopus with chickpea fritter, red pepper and mojo verde

Chargrilled octopus with chickpea fritter, red pepper and mojo verde

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Scallop with squash puree and smoked caper butter

Chargrilled octopus with chickpea fritter, red pepper and mojo verde (£8.75) was a good looking dish and had a good combination of flavours.  However, I felt that there was not enough octopus and the dish was dominated by the chickpea fritter. A Roasted cornish scallop with squash puree and smoked caper butter (£4.50 each) was sweet and a decent size with the coral still attached.  A heritage tomato salad with aubergine, mozzarella and marjoram (£6.75) was a good combination of flavours.  Service here was good throughout, being friendly and knowledgeable.  If you are in the area looking for a snack or a full meal this should be near the top of your list, beware though at the weekends booking is advisable.

3/ 5
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