I can’t remember when exactly I discovered Pata Negra, I just know that it was a long time ago – and I’ve been a regular ever since. It’s one of my favourite fail-proof restaurants that I always go back to, and everyone I’ve taken there has also loved it.
From the outside it might not look like much, but once you step inside it’s like being transported to Spain. It’s cozy, dimly lit, and when you look up you’ll see lots of pata negras (dried hams) hanging from the ceiling. There’s always Spanish music playing and lots going on. It gets particularly busy on weekend nights — reservations are necessary and even then you might have to wait.
I must admit, I almost always order the same dishes every time I go, simply because they’re so good. My absolute favourite is the queso frito (deep fried cheese) and although it might not be that good for my arteries, it definitely makes my taste buds happy. The gambas ajillo come to your table still sizzling, the queso manchego is amazing, and of course you can’t miss out on some classic calamares. The sangria is also really good, and here’s an insider tip: the glasses (more like fishbowls) are way stronger than the pitchers.
So if you fancy a lively spot for a bite to eat and some drinks, this is the place for you!