viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2011

Opera Tavern Charcuterie & Tapas bar in London


Opera Tavern is a beautiful two-storey bar and restaurant in the heart of theatre land. Located on Catherine Street they are opposite the Drury Lane Theatre, seconds from the Opera House, a stone's throw from The Strand and a lovely walk across Waterloo Bridge from the South Bank.

They specialise in Italian and Spanish influenced tapas and have a charcoal grill on the ground floor where they cook up all manner of tasty meaty treats including their very popular mini Ibérico pork and foie gras burger. We've taken our inspiration from travels all over Spain and Italy.


Their menu focuses on carefully sources charcutierie and cheeses and small dishes for sharing. We change their menu seasonally and as the whim takes them to keep things interesting.

Their meat is sources from small free range or organic farms in East England and Wales, apart from the Ibérico pork which comes direct from Spain. The majority of their fish comes from sustainable sources and British waters.


The wine list focuses on purely Spanish and Italian wines with an emphasis on indigenous grapes and small producers. However they do also list some of the greats and are one of the cheapest places in London to drink the likes of Vega Sicilia or Sassicaia.

They also offer ten sherries by the glass as well as a great selection of brandy, whisky and rums. They train their staff  to be "mini-sommeliers" so you can go along and enjoy their knowledge.


Opera Tavern differs from its sister restaurants in its use of a charcoal grill and focus on fresh Ibérico pork. The Ibérico breed of pig is seen as the king of pigs. Its semi wild existence and acorn heavy diet leads to an intensely flavoured meat very different from standard pork.

Most restaurants tend to serve it only in its cured form, the delicious Jamôn Ibérico however they cook it up from fresh in mini burgers, as pinchos morunos and even prepare it uncooked as an exquisite tartare.


Each month their executive chef Ben Tish will be detailing a new recipe off their menu making good use of seasonable products. They will match it with a suggested wine and the retailer you can buy the wine from.


On the ground floor you will find a long bar with an open grill at one end, perfect for a pre theatre glass of fizz, draft beer from their piggy pump, or a rare old single malt.

There are also a few tables to settle into as well as seats at our lovely theatre box windows great to watch the world go by from. If you are feeling peckish, you should try some chargrilled chorizo, pinchos morunos (skewered meats) or mini Ibérico burgers from the charcoal grill?


Polished plaster walls, a gold leaf ceiling and large sash windows create an airy, relaxed and buzzy environment. The first floor dining room is the perfect place for a full tapas feast be it a business lunch, evening date or a special celebration.

They use the room for special wine and food pairings or private hire, like events and private parties.

Opera Tavern Charcuterie & Tapas bar
23 Catherine ST
0207 836 3680

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