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Llerena

Perfect For: Catching Up With Mates Date Night Eating At The Bar First/Early in the Game Dates Quick Eats
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Llerena

Perfect For: Catching Up With Mates Date Night Eating At The Bar First/Early in the Game Dates Quick Eats
PHOTOS: Karolina Wiercigroch

Llerena on Upper Street is so slight you could miss it. From the street, all you’ll really see is an L-shaped bar, some counter seating, and a single beer tap, but there’s also a cosy dining area at the back. It’s both rustic and elegant at the same time, and this simple set up pretty much sums up their approach. For example, they don’t need to shout and scream about the lineage of the chef like some other London tapas spots do. Instead they let the products - most of which come direct from their farm in Extremadura, southwest of Madrid - speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a raucous night out, this probably isn’t for you. If you want to have a few beers, perhaps a bottle of wine, chat with your servers, and eat some of the best jamon and cheese you’ll find outside of Spain, then this is definitely your spot. They serve a wide selection of tapas and stews - the morcilla mondonga, a spicy blood sausage drenched in tangy tomato sauce, is unmissable - as well as some great salads, and a selection of grilled cuts of Ibérico. It’s friendly, unpretentious, and modestly priced, making it the perfect spot for an early-in-the-game date night, or for catching up with a couple of friends.

Karolina Wiercigroch
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