Capote y Toros
Even without stepping through the doors, we think he’s on to another winner. With the trend for Spanish tapas having spread to the British way of eating – sharing plates is all the rage, don’t you know? – it’s hardly surprising that this vibrant-hued eatery on Old Brompton Road already has Chelsea’s finest flocking in their designer-clad droves – reminding them, we imagine, of weekends away in sun-soaked Andalucía. The bullfighting motif isn’t just in the name, either; it extends to the interiors, too, with framed pictures of the controversial Spanish sport filling an entire wall. But let’s be clear; this isn’t a place for vegetarians with a bloodthirsty menu that incorporates jamón ibérico, carpaccio of duck liver and casserole of lamb. Interestingly, all plates here are regional and you can sample local specialities rather than generic Spain, which most tapas joints seem to offer. It’s sustenance of a liquid variety that really dazzles here, however: wines mix the old with the new, the tried-and-tested with the up-and-coming; the sherries, meanwhile, are mindblowing, with 41 varieties available by the glass and a dedicated section on the menu that features food cooked in the stuff. And with everything served up in a boisterous, authentic atmosphere, we couldn’t think of a better way to sample Spain – even if it doesn’t involve leaving the tarmac.