On the way to a friend's party, I read some of the newspaper pages that I hadn't got around to yet and discovered not far from the office was El Cantara - a fusion Spanish and Moroccan restaurant, reminiscent of morish occupied southern Spain. So I decided to try it at my earliest convenience, that being the next week, drawn by the fact that it had a roof - or more aptly named - shisha terrace.
When in Rome...so we started off with a few drinks and an apple shisha, trying the variety where it comes through fruit to give it a better flavour and make it smoother. Better that than the one through alocohol which apart from being treble the price, the waitress said made you lightheaded and dizzy...i think the glasses of wine would do that anyway!
I love these pipes and was utterly happy to sit there chatting and puffing away. The only things spoiling this idyll were the helicopters circling in the sky making a little noise as well as the fact that I had managed to sit on the only part of the waterproof bench that had a small hole in it, so I felt like I had sat in a puddle and my pale caramel leather jacket ended up with a wet patch also. A few more drinks though and I was distracted enough and thought it wise to order some food.
So tapas seemed the obvious choice - especially since I have been finding that gluten products bloat me, which cous-cous was likely to do. We chose a mix of meat including albondigas - declared the favourite dish as they were the meatiest - and a selection of fish dishes - calamares, king prawans in garlic - as well as old favourites - tortilla, croquetas and new ones - aubergine , which I think is a nectar of the gods.
A great new find in the heart of Soho, especially when the sun is shining and you want to find a spot in the sun in which to sip your vino!
El Cantara, 45 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SD Tel: 0871-961-9528
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Trisori designs and produces jewellery with a view to combining some Italian chic with a London ‘edge’.
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- Trisori is a jewellery brand that combines original Italian style with a touch of "London chic". Founded by a cosmopolitan pair of Italians residing in London, Trisori have developed a flawless ability to create strong statement pieces which retain a sense of elegance and playful femininity. Using high quality semi-precious stones set in gold plated designs, Trisori's handmade pieces are bold, contemporary and stylish. Trisori are unique; they make an effort to truly understand the way in which a woman creates her own personal style and design their jewellery line to compliment just that.