To me, Tapas encapsulates everything good about dining out: food, friends and a relaxed atmosphere. It was for those very reasons that I chose a Tapas Bar as the venue for a long awaited reunion with some very old friends. Dehesa (sister restaurant of Salt Yard) was recommended to me by a colleague plus it was a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus so a great central meeting point for us all. The online menus also showed that there was enough choice for vegetarians which was crucial as one of the members of my party was indeed a vegetarian.
The atmosphere & Menu
I was a bit anxious about us getting a table but it seemed we arrived just the right time. Once settled we were faced with a tough decision…what to eat! The menu, unlike many other Tapas restaurants, was perfectly formed and did not run on for pages and pages. We had 6 dishes between the 3 of us these were:
Salt Cod Croquetas with Romesco Sauce (£6.00)
Panfried Cornish Mackerel on Butterbean, Piquillo Pepper and Broad Bean Salad (£6.50)
Chargrilled Beef Onglet with Beetroot & Horseradish Puree, Yellow Beans
and Watercress (£7.50)
Classic Tortilla (£4.75)
Wild Mushrooms Bruschetta with PX Vinegar, Toasted Almonds and Manchego (£6.75)
Patatas Fritas with Romesco Sauce and Alioli (£3.75)
My favourite dish was the chargrilled beef: Simple and delicious. I could have happily eaten 6 plates of the beef alone. All the components of the dish complimented each other perfectly and the beetroot puree was to die for! Although the beef was my clear favourite I enjoyed all the dishes; the bruschetta was like no bruschetta I have ever tasted and the mackerel was fresh and flavoursome. I need to somehow contact the chef and get his recipe for the Romesco Sauce which was simply divine.
Unfortunately we had no room for pudding, however we did have a look at the menu which looked lovely and included:
Tonka Bean Semifreddo with Marsala Strawberries and Strawberry Sorbet (£5.35)
Black Cherry Bavarois with Morello Cherries, Almond Tuile andWhipped Cream (£5.35)
We ordered a bottle of [the cheapest] white wine (£15) to accompany our tapas. We expected our vino to taste like vinegar on account of their being at least a £10 difference between the cheapest and the rest of the wine available, however it was lovely and crisp and went very well with our choice of dishes.
I loved everything about Dehesa; the atmosphere was perfectly relaxed and unpretentious, the food delicious, the wine lovely and the staff attentive and polite. I will definitely be returning hopefully in the not too distant future and I would strong recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty lunch and a break from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus. Use it as a place of light relief before during or after your Christmas shopping.
25 Ganton Street
020 7494 4170