Dehesa is an old favourite of mine off Carnaby Street serving up great tapas. Part of the Salt Yard group, which is also home to Ember Yard which I visited last year, this company know their food.
A stone’s throw away from the lovely Liberty of London and Regent Street shopping district is the not so quite Carnaby Street, full of retail in the main area but foodie spots on the side streets. Dehesa has occupied the corner of Kingly Street long before Dishoom, Shoryu and Pix Pintxos decided it was the area to bring cool dining to. This small spot lends itself well to solo dining, but can also accommodate couples and friends. The well laid out space gives you the options of high stools at a bar, or low seating next to the windows to watch the world go by. To the rear there are more high bunk options. The menu is small and to the point. A selection of tapas, with an even better choice of great Spanish meats and cheeses. Best for sharing, there are also raciones if you want to get to the heart of the matter. In the Summer, you can enjoy the Spanish fair in the little terrace outside, but be weary that it is busy with shoppers dropping by and the air quality in this part of town is not the best.
On my hunt for a laptop at John Lewis, I made it by the skin of my teeth through the unforgiving shoppers and tourists to my old time favourite. I plopped myself down a window seat and felt really comfortable being a solo diner. It can sometimes be uncomfortable being the ‘table just for one’ brigade, this is why I actively seek out places you can enjoy it with ease. This is one. The value for money menu offered up a newbie for me of pork belly with cannelloni beans. The pork was so delicate, literally melted in your month and was really moist. Of course, there was pimento padron ordered with a very rich cheese which was suggested by the waiter. The cheese was covered in honey and served with bread. It was great to return and be reminded of how good Spanish tapas can be. This place has stood the test of time, I hope it’s still there when I next return to the area.
25 Ganton Street
London W1F 9BP