Fans of tapas havens Salt Yard and Dehesa will be excited to know that the group’s highly anticipated third venue, The Opera Tavern, is launching in the increasingly foodie Covent Garden on the 20th January. Like its siblings, the two-storey restaurant (a former 19th-century pub with theatrical front windows) will focus on serving tapas-style dishes inspired by the flavours of Spain and Italy. Part of the menu will be dedicated to the open kitchen’s robata grill where fresh Iberico pork meat will be cooked to order and include debut dishes such as mini Iberico burgers. Perfect for a little pre-theatre snack or post-work tipple, you can enjoy grilled baby peppers stuffed with smoked aubergine and tomato confit; chanterelles, confit onions and smoked garlic butter on toast; courgette flower with monte enebro and honey; crispy pork belly with apple puree and fresh oregano; pinchos mourunos selection from the charcoal grill; grilled squids stuffed with chorizo and basi; salt cod croquettas with romesco; Amedei chocolate pot with biscotti, and Seville Orange tart with vanilla mascarpone. So put the date in your diary, and get ready to chase away the January blues with a taste of sunny Spain.
By Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
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