Victor Garvey’s gone on a little Rambla.
It’s a journey that started with his work at Bravas Tapas, led to his first solo opening at Encant, and, via a recently-opened traditional wine and tapas bar just a few doors down, has now led to his second venture, Rambla – a much larger restaurant serving up Catalonian cuisine with a twist in Soho.
It’s a two-floored affair (with just the ground floor open at first), sporting terrazzo flooring, a sweeping open kitchen and soothingly misty-coloured panelled walls, designed to evoke the beachfront restaurants of Barcelona.
He’s sharing the classic cuisine of his childhood; appropriate since it’s named after a famous Barcelona street he lived near. The menu is organised into three sections – Cru, comprising raw & cured meats; Muntanya, proffering traditional Catalonian dishes from the mountains; and Mar – elegant seafood dishes like Mediterranean sea urchin with Iberico lard toast; calamari stuffed with prawn and lobster; and jumbo scallop with smoked roe sauce and crystallised veal jus.
Drinks, meanwhile, take on the tried-and-tested guise of a Spanish wine list (including plenty of cava), and a range of souped-up gin and tonics.
Essentially, it’s excellent. So we won’t rambla on…
NOTE: Rambla is open weekdays 12-4pm & 5-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, and Sun 11am-5pm. You can make a booking on the website right HERE.
Rambla | 64 Dean Street, W1D 4QJ
Main image: Encant