If you've spent any time in Spain you'll be aware that tapas aren't limited to patatas bravas, a slice of tortilla and a plate of albondigas. Yes yes yes! These oldies are goodies but Lola Rojo offers tapas 21st Century style...!
Enter LR (assuming that unlike me, you go in through the door rather than stumble upon unsuspecting diners via the french windows) and you are instantly transported into the kind of effortlessly stylish eatery that wouldn't be out of place in one of those higgledy piggledy streets you find in the historic quarters of Barcelona or Madrid.
But the best thing about LR is that the food is great DESPITE its alluring decor (something sadly used often by restaurateurs to mask a poor culinary offering). The staff are friendly and efficient. I arrived 10 minutes early to our cosy table for three (far too excited at the prospect of a meal not involving handfuls of puree in my hair) but a promptly delivered glass of pink bubbles (bottle of rose cava £18.50) made me a happy bunny as I perused the varied menu.
Now, the menu is divided into around 8 sections. The first two are smaller plates ranging from £2.20 to £5.50, these are followed by cured meats, classic, fish and meat tapas (£4.75 to £9.75). You can also choose from paella and rice dishes (£9.20 to £11.80) should you want something more robust. We went for a variety of tapas from the classic (yes we had them!) patatas bravas and chistorra to the more exotic aubergine and foi gras cannelloni. All equally delicious and delicately presented.
The octopus croquettes "with onion sauce Antonio's mum style" was a worthwhile punt before moving on to an excellent black rice with aioli (of which I guiltily admit having had the lion's share...).
In true new years spirit we all pretended to be too full and skipped desserts but we did have coffees/teas. All in all a successful, enjoyable and good value evening (after tipping our friendly waitress the bill came to just under £24 a head) which
I'm looking forward to repeating next month when I'll be visiting with another friend.
Hurray for Mummy's nights off!