Hispania - Spanish Restaurant in The City, London
Cheval Calico House is near Hispania Restaurant in The City.
Hispania is a new, high ceilinged, vault-like restaurant in the centre of the Square Mile, and yet it has captured the comfort and warmth of an intimate, long-time favourite taverna.
The dining room is beautifully lit and a golden glow fills the space; seating is spaced in that way that makes you feel in the middle of the buzz without being overlooked or overheard. The menu politely carries some reliable tapas dishes, but doesn’t shy away from bolder choices and the less familiar.
The Ibérican ham is sublime – opt for the hand carved when you order, and the cheese board is a really strong selection of fine Spanish cheeses.
The team advises that we try both the Ham and Hispania variants – the latter a punchier, meatier version but both fried golden brown with a delicious crunch.
The Gambas Al Ajillo are crispy and pungent with the garlic – really addictive. But here is the shining star: Arroz Negro. The rice peppered with finely chopped prawns and cuttlefish and beautifully seasoned and coloured with the squid ink.
It is delicately flavoured, well cooked and the bite on the small fried sea food nuggets a great contrast to the warm, juicy, fat rice grains.
We would recommend Hispania for office parties as much as I would for first dates – a rare combination of uses. Hispania offers authentic Spanish food in London.
Hispania Restaurant: 72-74 Lombard St, London EC3V 9AY
+44 20 7621 0338
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