Hurray! At last your wedding plans can get moving once again. Now the holiday season is over and it’s not so easy to grab a few days to check out Mallorca venues. But it’s the perfect time to check out our top 10 London restaurant choices and get stuck into your Mallorca wedding planning.
Book yourselves a gourmet Spanish feast and allow yourselves time to dream.
After 18 months of uncertainty and spending LOTS of lockdown time together, many couples have weathered it all, knowing that they want to tie the knot.
So what if you love Mallorca and dream of having your destination wedding here in 2022? Our top 10 London restaurant choices for your Mallorca wedding planning capture the warmth and colour of Spain to create the right mood.
Here we have to apologise in advance for the focus on London. This was our home for many years and the place we know best. But wherever you are, there’s likely to be a Spanish restaurant near to you. Failing that, there’s still time to brush up on your culinary skills. So order in some special delicacies and create your own romantic Spanish-themed dinner from scratch.
1. Aqua Nueva, Argyll Street, Soho
Definitely one for a special dinner or even a proposal. This elegant restaurant offers modern Spanish cuisine in a stunning interior, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. (We won’t spoil the mood by saying that we sweated out many Spanish classes round the corner). There’s a large cocktail bar, marble-tiled flooring and a curved copper ceiling. It’s worth getting dressed up for this one and if you want to push the boat out, there are also two private dining rooms with a private roof terrace. There’s a great brunch menu for £35 a head and a deluxe version with cava and cocktails for £65. For the evening, there are candles on the tables and cosy booths. Dishes include spicy chicken and potato skewers, seafood rice with tiger prawns and staff are friendly and attentive. Yum, yum yum!
If you fancy staying in for a cosy proposal or wedmin session, you can arrange for pick up and delivery via Deliveroo.
2. Barrafina 10, Adelaide Street, Covent Garden WC2N 4HZ
Barrafina is really four fab restaurants. All have their own flavour and special dishes united under the management of Eddie Hart. I’m such a fan! He and brother Sam, started the whole Barrafina thing (with a Michelin star to show the quality). We love the fact that they grew up in Mallorca! Sam now lives in Palma and runs El Camino restaurant here. Small world! So we would have to include this quartet of eateries even if we didn’t have their cookbook to hand at all times.
The Barrafina no-booking policy can mean queues. But it’s great for a lively wedding planning session, inspired by the delicious food. So get there early and go with a free-spirited attitude. A major plus for us is that it serves Mallorcan specialities. Chargrilled aubergine, peppers, onions and garlic and pintxos morunos – pork kebabs are highlights. There’s flan for dessert (crème caramel) and Galician almond cake.
The Dean Street branch is on the ground floor of Quo Vadis (which they also run). Adelaide Street is a bit bigger, very light and features more seafood. There is also private dining for 8 – 28 people. Great if you fancy holding an engagement party here when restrictions ease. Drury Street is the cosiest with pendant lighting and exposed brick walls. Coal’s Drop Yard is the largest and newest, overlooking Regent’s Canal. Catalonian specialities like Iberian pork ribs with artichokes are featured.
3. Barrica, 62 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NE
I used to hang out in this area a LOT as a student (our LSE halls of residence were in nearby Fitzroy Street) and we could definitely have done with Barrica on our doorstep.
It’s an authentic tapas bar, born out of many trips to Spain by the owners. Food highlights include classics such as padron peppers, home-made croquetas and chargrilled chorizo with piquillo sauce. The deep-fried cauliflower with garlic, chilli and lemon is popular. So is the duck egg on smoked potato mousse with truffle oil on sourdough toast. Veggie options include beetroot and goats cheese croquetas, Jerusalem artichoke parfait and toasted hazelnut viniagrette. Finish with scrumptious churros con chocolate. There is a serious drinks menu with 16 sherries by the glass and 30 wines to choose from.
They also deliver via Ubereats
The famous and expanding tapas favourite is now delivering from four locations across London (W1, SW1, EC1, E14). Iberica at Home provides delivery within 2.5 miles of the restaurants.
They also do home delivery of scrumptious hampers and meals at home nationwide. The delicious dinner for two starts with a selection of charcuterie plus delicious tapas and the choice of indulgent red scarlet prawn rice, or Rabo de Toro, finishing with a dessert of chocolate cream and strawberry meringue.
Find out more at ibericarestaurants.com
Further afield? Order nationwide including hampers via the Iberica Deli and Wine Shop.
At this classy Fitzrovia paella restaurant, Five-Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta has brought the warmth and theatricality of Valencian gastronomy to London. Here, he shares his passion for seasonal rice dishes cooked over wood fires with a contemporary twist. They also deliver locally from Canary Wharf via Deliveroo or further afield via their online shop.
Arroz also offers home delivery of paellas, including Valenciana, chicken and rabbit. Or choose red prawns and cuttlefish and black ink rice Basque cod. Vegetarian options feature roast peppers and grilled aubergine. There’s a range of mains from the grill. To wash it all down, choose from their range of sparkling wines and wine packages of red, white and rose, plus delicious cocktails.
What if lockdown has fired up your culinary creativity? Or you’re out of range of any delivery service? Visit the Arros online shop to buy all the ingredients and tools you need to prepare your own authentic paella. Pair with their selected wines.
6. Camino 3, Varnisher’s Yard, King’s Cross, N1 9FD
The transformation of King’s Cross in recent years goes from strength to strength and Camino, part of the Spanish mini-chain is a great addition. It has a courtyard, cocktails, tapas for sharing, a wide range of charcuterie and cheeses and does a great brunch. Great for a lively and inspiring wedding planning session. There are also branches at Bankside, Monument and Shoreditch.
7. El Asador at Sabor 35 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BR
Chef, Nieves Barragan Mohacho worked with Sam and Eddie Hart for 14 years. But this restaurant has its own distinctive flavour. Downstairs is a tapas bar, The Counter. It’s great for a cosy lunch after a romantic stroll in St James’ Park. Upstairs at Al Asador there’s hearty and rustic food in a buzzy restaurant with ceramic tiles and a wood-fired grill. There are high stools and communal tables, plus window seats and counter for couples. So this is a winner for a romantic dinner or proposal. There are plenty of dishes for sharing, including lamb cutlets with arrocina (haricot beans), wood-roasted fish and suckling pig. And, if you want to go really authentic- Frito Mallorquin (lamb offal stew). Desserts include bombas de chocolat (hazelnut and praline doughnuts). Delicious!
8. Ember Yard 60 -61 Berwick Street Soho, London W1F 8SU
All over Mallorca, Basque restaurants are springing up; the cuisine of the area is hugely popular. The Ember Yard, tucked away in bustling Soho, is a cosy retreat, with glowing embers and a charcoal grill. There are bar stools and high tables, banquettes, great house cocktails, wine by the glass and a good range of bar snacks.
9. Escocesa 67 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16, 0AR
We used to live a mere stone’s throw from here and loved the ever-changing tapestry of restaurants on Church Street. Escocesa brings together an unlikely but winning combination of Spain and Scotland. (Escocesa is Spanish for Scotland). The menu is Spain with a Scottish twist (adventurous!) and the fresh fish is where the Scottish influence is clearest. This would be a great place for a cosy lunch or dinner.
10. El Ganso 59 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH
A narrow boat moored within spitting distance of the Cat and Mutton Bridge in Broadway Market is home when we nip back to London. The market is really buzzy with dozens of independent shops and quirky food outlets. Plus, there are some crazy fashion choices on display. El Ganso, a rustic, low-key restaurant has a good smattering of Spanish-speaking customers. So it feels like the real Spanish deal, magically transported to Broadway Market. Walk though London Fields, take in the market, and then pop in for a hearty breakfast or tapas lunch. Specialities include fried octopus with smoked paprika and purple potato puree. There are albondigas in mushroom sauce, mushroom croquetas in blue cheese sauce and patatas bravas. Or go for arroz negro, ailoli, grilled chicken with sweet potato puree and sizzling prawns with garlic. OMG we’re in heaven!
We hope your wedding discussions go really well! Get in touch if we can help you with your celebrant (find out more about the team here). What if you want to just slip away for an elopement wedding in Mallorca? Check out our range of hand-picked elopement (or intimate wedding) locations here and drop us a line or give us a call to see if we have the right spot for you.