After the success of Salt Yard and Dehesa, the tapas titans have opened the Opera Tavern, found, fittingly, in the heart of Theatreland.
Luckily, they won’t make you sing for your supper.
Instead, it takes its name from the former Victorian pub in which it’s made its home. Downstairs in the bar area, there’s a laid-back, drop-in feel, with a long bar facing the old-school mirrored panels retained from its days as the pub, and an open charcoal grill from its current days as a tapas joint. Here, you’ll be able to peruse an impressive wine list as well as an array of bar snacks, from mini pork and foie gras burgers, to crispy Ibérico pig ears.
Which brings us neatly to the main event of the more formal dining upstairs – although with its exposed brickwork, warm ruby and grey plastered walls dotted with bold, 20th century European artwork, ‘more formal’ is a relative term. While the menu includes reappearances from best-selling dishes at Salt Yard (like the crispy fried courgette flowers stuffed with punchy goats cheese, and the well-sourced imported and house-made charcuterie and cheese boards), as well as new dishes like gin-cured sea trout with apple purée and samphire, and roasted wood pigeon breast, the real charmer here is the Iberico pig – served slightly underdone (don’t worry, it’s safe), perfectly seasoned, and something worth visiting for alone.
So you’ll probably leave singing its praises anyway…
NOTE: Opera Tavern is open daily from noon, and you can reserve on their website HERE.
Opera Tavern | 23 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS
Like small plate dining? Check out the Italian version at Polpo.