Not your usual tapas bar and restaurant, Encant in London’s Covent Garden takes things to a whole new level as far as Spanish dining is concerned. Located along Maiden Lane in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, Encant is a delightful Spanish eatery where the quality of the ingredients is key. Shiny copper counters and dark floors and furnishings create just the right ambience at Encant, and trendy bare filament bulbs hang low over proceedings. It may be small in size but this Covent Garden eatery packs a big punch when it comes to the food, taking the concept of tapas to a whole new level.
Chef-patron Victor Garvey clearly knows a thing or two about food, particularly the food of Spain, but rather than serve the usual tapas options, his mesmerising menu is more about selecting the finest ingredients and transforming them into something special. His upbringing in Spain lends much influence to his cooking and creativity as do his years travelling and working in various restaurants around the world. Dishes such as roasted angel hair pasta with braised octopus and aioli or foie gras stuffed quail with Iberian pancetta and Pedro Ximenez demi-glace are mind blowingly good. The all Spanish wine list offers some fine choices by the bottle or the glass whilst there are some rather wonderful Spanish cocktails on offer too.
Located just a stone’s throw from the bustling Covent Garden Piazza and just moments from some of London’s top theatres such as the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, this charming little restaurant and bar is the perfect place to head to for a refined taste of Spain.