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Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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47-55 Hanway Street, Soho, London, W1T 1UX
Cuisine: Spanish
Tel: 020 7631 5117 | Email to Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant | Transport: Tottenham Court Road | Write review

Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant Review

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Costa Dorada: otherwise known as Daurada in Catalan or ‘golden coast’ in English. Covering 216km of beaches, fishing villages and enough Spanish holiday resorts to guarantee milk bottle white legs will turn a brighter shade of pale (…red). Or, if you find yourself on Tottenham Court Road opposite We Will Rock You's Dominion Theatre, Costa Dorada is a Spanish restaurant.

Nueva Costa Dorada has recently (March 2010) had a refurbishment, although it's been played pretty safe: nondescript tables and chairs, white table cloths, a few lanterns and candles sticks, ceramic tiled flooring, and plain walls in mustard yellow with some blocks of red.

If you came on a quiet night - or early, say before 7pm - then the place could look a bit bare, thanks to the sparse decoration and high ceilings (the top half of the walls and the ceiling are painted black).

If you arrive when it’s busy, however, then the minimal style works. People wait by the bar chatting, low lights and candlelight create a warm atmosphere, and friendly staff greet guests with an Ola that feels authentic. While Spanish tapas chain La Tasca hams it up with bright cushions, busy mosaic designs and loud Latin-infused music, Nueva Cost Dorada takes it easy.

Shortly after taking our seats a basket of bread with olive oil and vinegar appeared at our table. We ordered the house red, which was good, and starters of Manchego cheese, apparently the Spanish version of mozzarella. “Better than mozzarella,” described our waiter and I definitely agree. The accompanying caper and anchovies helped too. My friend and I also shared a generous plate of tasty chilli and tomato sauce mussels.

After such a great start our indecision over which tapas to plump for meant we foolishly allowed the manager to make the selection for us. Diners can choose individual tapas dishes as well as paella and other hearty mains like roasted lamb, but we decided to stick with small dishes and went for the tapas half-metre deal (costing £25 for six dishes); larger groups, go for the tapas por metro, which is as it sounds (12 dishes for £40). The tapas, for either the whole or half menu, is pretty good with usual suspects like chorizo, Spanish omelette and patats bravas to choose from but it's not as extensive as the main menu. There's nothing stopping you adding a couple of extras to make a tapas por metro y 30cm though.

Our particular selection wasn't the best, but that was because of our
indecisiveness. We had two seafood dishes, which is great because I love seafood. Correction, I love seafood EXCEPT for squid and octopus. Guess what we got? I can't eat something with a face and while I'm sure the octopus eye looking at me was probably just a tentacle, it still managed to win the staring comp. The remaining tapas dishes were tasty, if a little too oily, and after our delicious starters it was a bit disappointing. If only there were some way to make up for it like, I don’t know, ice cream, hot chocolate sauce and deliciously thin crepes, for example. But, oh wait, there was. Great comeback!

At around 10:15pm the evening’s entertainment gean: two young flamenco dancers - one male one female - in traditional costume (but not a doilie dress or ridiculous embroidered waistcoat in sight) took to the stage. Then two older men - one bearded with slicked back wolverine hair, the other in a dandy polka dot scarf - played the guitar and sing respectively.

Unfortunately, our table was positioned in such a manner that meant we couldn't see the footwork. After a while we felt like standing up to get a peek. Of course, that's never going to work for long in a restaurant so having given ourselves a virtual Spanish tan - or at least a glow in the cheeks - we finished off our wine and Anis del Torro nightcaps and got back to the reality of Inglaterra out in the cold.
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Customer Reviews for Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant.

“We arrived early at this restaurant in order to make the most of the happy hour that was advertised on their website. However the barman advised us that there is no happy hour. They eventually backed down and said we could have half price jugs of sangria, which at £8 were actually very good value. When we sat down to order we were initially told that the set tapas menus included everything listed on the menu per person. The next waiter said we had to choose 10 between three of us which seemed a bit random, but we told the waiter the 4 we didn't want to make it simpler. When the food eventually arrived about 50 minutes later 9 dishes turned up and 2 of them where the ones we hadn't asked for! We then had to wait again & eventually got 2 dishes we had already ordered and had to complain to get the 10th dish which arrived about 30 mins after. When we received the bill the service charge was included but we paid the amount not including the service charge and left.”
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Helens, london (8 years 7 months 29 days ago)

“I really liked the atmosphere of the place and felt relaxed from the moment I walked in and enjoyed seeing the place fill and get more buzzing. The wine was lovely and the service excellent and although the food wasn't the best tapas I've had I left feeling very satisfied and did enjoy the many dishes we sampled. Overall I had a lovely night and would go again although next time I want to sit where I can see the dancers properly..flamenco only works if you can see the feet!”
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Alex, London (8 years 8 months 10 days ago)

“Ok, ok - so granted we came to this Spanish restaurant in Soho far too early for what constitutes dinner-time in Spain. But the place was pretty empty. Maybe it fills up later. Waited for over half an hour before we got asked what we'd like to drink (and then only because we'd flagged down 3 x servers). Meze platters are generous and tasty (but would suggest maybe they have tea-candles on the table to keep it warm?) Will I come again? Maybe after 11 to watch the dancers.”
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Aletia James, Clapham (8 years 9 months 17 days ago)

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“Came here for a work do. Great evening! Food, drink and dancing all night - something a bit different that, amazingly, pleased everyone.”
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Deborah James, London (9 years 1 months 23 days ago)

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Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant Opening Hours

Monday: 5:00pm - 3:00am Friday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 3:00am Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 3:00am Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 5:00pm - 3:00am    

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Costa Dorada is a Spanish restaurant offering the best of live Flamenco show daily, delicious spanish food including tapas menu or party menu from 16pp and a hot dj playing all night. Promotions are subject to availability.

Updated 20/10/2008

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