In Goodge Street, a sunny terrace hides a small restaurant of Spanish tapas which is a real discovery: the Barrica (literally the barrel). It's a little part of Spain in the middle of London.
After choosing from an interesting menu, bread and an excellent olive oil are served while waiting for our dishes. They offer a variety of tapas: white asparagus served cold, classic cakes of ham, fluffy and melting and patatas bravas accompanied by aioli that still make me salivate. They are not simple patatas bravas, the vulgar potatoes cooked in oil, there is quality here. Nothing to do with a "tourist catch" dish (just like paella for that matter). Those of the Barrica were almost equal to those of Madrid. They also have a large variety of meats and charcuterie (jamon, pork jowl, lomito etc.)
I tested the grilled octopus on a puree of chorizo. The octopus was tender and the chorizo in small pieces. Also, this kind of seafood plate is not the most common in the United Kingdom, you usually have to go to Spain or Portugal to have some. According to the waitress, the pork and fig risotto is a must. The taste was good, the mix of flavors was almost there, but the problem was maybe it was not a really creamy risotto.
They also offer desserts, including a caramel ice cream with salt, chocolate and olive oil. Basically you will get the whole of Spain in this plate. And for wine lovers, know that the Barrica has a very nice wine list and staff who know it very well.
Prices are not that high for a nice restaurant in Central London. The tapas are from £2 to £5.5, plates from £5 to £15, of different size. They are opened non-stop from 12 until 22.30, so you can drop in for a snack or an early dinner.