They’re a great place tapas the time.
Especially if that Spanish restaurant happens to be the brainchild of an ex-Barrafina chef and their former general manager, Nieves Barragan Mohacho and José Etura…
…which, coincidentally, Sabor is.
And like Barrafina, it’s now the proud owner of a Michelin star. Located on Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, it’s a sizeable two-floor affair whose rough, bare brick walls (sporadically garnished with genuinely beautiful mosaic tiles), unvarnished wooden floors, and cast iron fittings all contrive to create the impression that the place was plucked out of a small Spanish town and dropped neatly in the centre of Mayfair.
Entering in the ground floor, you’ll see a sweeping dining bar overlooking the open kitchen from which they’re serving regional Spanish dishes (mostly seafood-led – they even have an in-house fishmonger) from across the country; you’ll find tiny fried cuttlefish with hake; a hearty grilled monkfish consommé; some Iberian duck breast with tarragon; and black tomato with confit artichoke.
Sitting above all that are the bigger dining tables overlooking the kitchen below. The menu here takes on a more specific bent, with hero dishes of Galician octopus cooked all day in huge copper pots, and Castilian suckling pig roasted in the asador, a flame-licked grill.
If you’re just after a quick snack, you can pitch up here for small plates (like cheese with black truffle, or the melt-in-the-mouth jamón Ibérico, which they’ll slice before your eyes) plus cocktails, sherries, half a dozen Spanish gins, some Galician beer, or sparkling dry white wines from the Basque region…
And trust us, you don’t want tapas on that.
NOTE: Sabor is open Tuesday and Wednesday 5-10pm, and Thurs-Sat 12-2.30pm & 5-10pm. The downstairs counter and bar are walk-in only for groups of 4 or fewer, but the tables in the upstairs asador area are bookable right HERE.
Sabor | 35-37 Heddon Street, W1B 4BR
Images: Chris Terry
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