Small plates – Tapas
Last night’s excursion was to Tendido Cero Tapas Bar in South Kensington. I had a friend visiting who is currently living in Poland but who used to be a neighbour. And we thought we’d exhausted all the local restaurants between us. That was until I read London Eater’s blog and came across this review. There are a group of three Spanish restaurants and tapas bars, just down the road from me in South Kensington. And, although I’d walked past, I’d never been in, for various reasons including having some favourite tapas bars elsewhere in London.
The review was enough though, and I had been looking for an excuse to visit at least one of the venues. And, it didn’t disappoint a bit. We ended up in Tendido Cero, the tapas bar happily working our way through six tapas dishes accompanied by sherry. The tapas was without question the best I’ve ever had. My friend is not a great fan of pork based dishes, so our selection of tapas was predominately fish and vegetable based. We had an exquisitely tender beef fillet carpaccio with manchego cheese powder, a salad of “La peral” cheese, honey and artichoke, aubergine chips, drizzled with rosemary honey and thyme, crispy golden on the outside with a succulent centre, padron peppers, garlic prawns cooked in garlic, olive oil, chillies and crispy calamari with aoli. A bit of an odd assortment of dishes which we were impressed to find served at a deliberate pace and order to allow us to taste each dish properly.
Then that moment when you have to decide whether you are too full to continue. We ended up being seduced by the crema catalan which didn’t disappoint at all…a lovely fine crunchy caramel top with lightly spiced set cream custard underneath, served with a very well matched glass of MR “MOSCATEL” Malaga.
Now, I should have switched into real food blogging mode at some point that evening and taken pictures and notes. But I was enjoying the company and the atmosphere of the place too much and sometimes it’s just so good you only want to eat! So there are no pictures and my notes are from memory, and, I’ll just have to go back again!
The bill was around £90 for the two of us including two large glasses of sherry and a dessert wine each. And I now have a new favourite and local tapas bar.