I wasn't particularly hungry so I only ordered one plate of the chargrilled tiger prawns for 5 quid. Four good-sized prawns showed up, complete with their heads, along with a mache salad dressed with a light balsamic vinaigrette. The prawns were delicious, well-seasoned and fresh, and the salad was a nice accompaniment. I'd certainly go back if I was in the area and needed a snack.
I am nutty for National Geographic and got very excited when I saw the store/cafe as I was wandering around London with my boyfriend. i basically begged him to agree to not just see the store, but to eat in the cafe.
Sadly, the cafe has little theming to the brand. It's a nice enough cafe, with good food and nice staff...but it's not very exciting. It's bland in theming.
I had a pot of tea and a fruit topped cheesecake. It was okay, but a little pricey.
I wish that I had skipped eating in the cafe and just browsed the store.
The new National Geographic Shop on Regents Street opened in November 2008 and my friend told me that it had a Tapas cafe as part of it & we ought to try it out. So we did!
Everything looks absolutely lovely, with wrought iron Spanish looking chairs, large canteen style tables, smaller more intimate tables and the usual bar & stool combo for a lightning Tapas treat.
Apparently there was a competition to see who would do the catering in all of the new National Geographic stores around the world and Miguel Espinosa who's run a number of Tapas restaurants won.
We received a very warm & friendly welcome & my friend actually got to have a chat with Miguel (who speaks no English) about the cafe and how things were going.
It was all reasonably priced for what you would expect on Regents Street and I couldn't fault the presentation. But some of the food was a little lacking in comparison to other Tapas & Pincho I've had in London.
For example the Patatas Bravas looked incredible and was stuck on the Pincho / sticks - however the potatoes weren't as crispy as I would have liked and also the sauce that was drizzled over them lacked a spicy kick.
The Spanish Tortilla again, looked great, but was very soft, although tasty.
My favourite dishes were the anchovies with marinated peppers & the cheese board at the end.
We had some wonderful and according to my wine expert friend very reasonably priced Rioja which was smooth and balanced out the salty anchovies & some of the cheeses really well.
As the place becomes more well known, I'm sure it will become busier. But for now it's certainly worth a try and is a comfortable place to take a break from all the shoppers on Regents Street
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