El Pirata Detapas – An Hispanic Haven on Westbourne Grove W2
I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone who doesn’t love indulging in Spanish tapas. If you do know that unfortunate soul, please bring them to my site and I’ll gladly covert them with my reviews of Opera Taven, Iberica and this one of El Pirata Detapas.
El Pirata Detapas offers a vast number of Spanish sharing plates executed elegantly, with innovative, modern twists. It is the sister restaurant to ‘El Pirata in Mayfair and it’s located on Westbourne Grove.
The décor is cosy and vibrant with sleek dark tables and seating. The staff have been prepped to know their stuff, but love what they do and that is reflected in the near to faultless service (end it’s always busy).
The food menu is extremely long with each dish making you salivate whilst you desperately attempt to choose with your stomach and not your eyes. I’d be mistaken to think that there is a ‘wrong’ choice- you just want it all.
The first plate consisted of ‘seared scallops, onion puree & pork roulade’. The scallops were extremely fresh doning the perfect texture. The exotic flavours were the consequence of the pork roulade which complimented the luxurious and subtle onion puree.
The ‘escabeche mackerel’ was accompanied by idiazabal (a pressed cheese made from sheep milk), pine nuts mousse and veil of basil gellatine. The dish was delicate in flavour with the mousse toning down the fish’s natural strength.
Beautifulyl presented on a black plate was the ‘fresh cod’, served with velvety pil-pil, garlic,olive oil and Spanish chilli. The chilli was mild, perfectly matching the soft white meat of the flaky and fragrant cod.
Next up was the ‘seared tuna with ajo blanco’. The perfectly rare tuna was chunky and flavoursome, steeping in the slightly nutty, white soup-like anjo blaco sauce. The colours were beautiful, the textures- contrasting and, and the taste- superb.
The ‘broken eggs, potatoes, chorizo & garlic prawns’ was a hearty assortment full of innovation and substance. It was half omelette (deconstructed), half towered tortilla. With flavours shooting from left to right, this was a dish made with passion and love (almost like an old family recipe).
One of the standout plates was the braised oxtail, served with pumpkin & ginger puree and rosemary air & red wine jus. The Eli Bulli influence is present in every aspect of the dish. The light and airy foam dwells in your palate, whilst the extremely tender oxtail is rich, seasoned correctly and tears apart perfectly with each light touch of your fork.
El Pirata is not new, it opened in 2008 yet it still remains the talk of Westbourne Grove (and beyond) with happily fed customers grinning from ear to ear. The menu is long enough that you can spend hours over a lunch or dinner (the Spanish way) and I have no doubt in my mind that you will not be disappointed. An hispanic haven.
The prices aren’t cheap- but neither is the quality.
El Pirata Detaps
15 Westbourne Grove