Sibarita | Covent Garden Bar
NOTE: Sadly, Sibarita has now closed.
Sibarita is a Spanish word meaning “a lover of luxury, an epicure, a gourmand“.
And in English, it means you’re in for a good night.
It’s an intimate bar and tapas restaurant in the backstreets of Covent Garden, coming to you from Rambla founder-chef Victor Garvey. A whole 150 feet away from where he opened his first restaurant, Encant, it’s a joint venture between Garvey and his old man, apparently an age-old dream for them. As such, it bears all the hallmarks of traditional Spanish casual dining, serving up heaps of cheese and charcuterie, skilfully prepared tapas and an all-Spanish wine list to boot.
They’ve poached former Encant chef Krisztian Palinkas to head up the kitchen, where he’ll be sending out typical Catalan dishes to share. Imagine balancing the delicate flavours of a yellowtail tuna ceviche with a blood orange leche de tigre and black radish dressing, before moving onto a gooey, molten, oven-baked cheese with toasted garlic sourdough…
In fact, don’t imagine that last one. It looks like this.
You’ll follow up with dishes like the chicken chilindron (“stew”), with crispy serrano ham salpicon (er, “hodgepodge”), roasted pork belly with piquillo peppers, artisanal Spanish cheese platters laden with dried figs and green plum jelly, and desserts like Rioja-poached pear cobbler with tonka bean ice cream.
And if you’re not yet feeling fully indulged, there’s a lengthy wine list to work through (with some useful and detailed descriptions so you’ll end up with a bottle you really like), as well as sherries, gin and tonics, herbal liqueurs and a cocktail list ranging from barrel-aged negronis to the quince pulp-filled Membrini.
So just don’t expect to be a soberita by the end.
NOTE: Sibarita has now closed.
Sibarita | 7 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
Main image: Paul Winch-Furness
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