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!
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.
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 (£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.