...Small Plates to Share
“Nothing bonds man like the communal breaking of (pitta) bread.”
Sharing small plates adds an informality and an intimacy to dining making it ideal for dates, but it also allows for foodies (and indecisive types) to experience different dishes and get the most out of a restaurant visit.
Spanish Tapas is of course the most obvious choice for small sharing plates. Barrafina is a favourite with a permanent queue at the door, and award winning The Salt Yard near Goodge Street is such a hit that the team behind it have now also opened The Opera Tavern in Covent Garden – perfect for pre-theatre dining.
Italian Tapas (known as cicchetti or spuntino) is also a popular choice with those wanting to add intimacy to the occasion. The best is found at old Mayfair favourite Cecconni's, Soho go-to Boca di Lupo, as well as at Polpo and its baby sister, Polpetto. And Negozio Classica on Westbourne Grove is an Italian wine bar that offers beautiful charcuterie boards of cheese and meats to share over candlelight.
The renowned Providores on Marylebone High Street offers fabulous plates to share in relaxed but chic surroundings, and in addition to its killer brunch, Caravan serves consistently delicious small plates ideal for sharing. Also perfectly suited to group-sharing is Eastern-inspired Baltic, where diners are encouraged to order a selection of dishes before washing them down with shots of vodka.
Rustic and lively PIX, on Westbourne Grove, offers a buffet-style array of small dishes to choose from, making it perfect for everyone regardless of appetite-size, as does Gordon's Wine Bar which is a permanent hotspot for after-work drinkers.
Bocca di Lupo
Polpo & The Campari Bar
The Providores and Tapa Room