My GOD I’m hungover! Not to put you off though, it’s the good kind of hangover, the giggly kind that only puts you off booze until brunch.
That’s what you can expect after a night at the brilliant Copa de Cava – London’s number one venue to try the Spanish fizz.
Notoriously given a bad press and somewhat of a guilty secret, Copa de Cava successfully removes this dated perception of Cava with a dazzling array of top notch Cava options, all teamed with a modern take on tapas.
Richard is the brains behind this love child of Cava & Tapas, with 100+ trips to Andalucía under his belt, he’ll happily take you through the complexity of this gorgeous tipple and ensure your complementing with just the right bite.
We kicked off the tasting with a young cava, Vatua Colets Brut, teemed simply with plump Gordal olives, marinated in lemon zest, thyme, rosemary and cava vinegar.
As the night went on the cava’s & the tapas developed with meatier and punchier flavours throughout the evening.
Pan con Tomate & a selection of cured meats was paired with a lively Raventos Blanc De Nit Brut Reserva
While Conde de Haro Brut (Rioja) was served alongside our stars dishes of the night; a deconstructed Spanish omelette served in a glass and drizzled in a decedent cheese sauce. Patatas Bravas not as you know it – potato rolls were delicately hollowed out for the rich tomato sauce. Meaty slabs of mushrooms grilled with lots of garlic & chilli also packed a punch.
I’m a BIG fan of ceviche and while strictly Peruvian this made it the perfect accompaniment to some of the more illicit Cava’s which aren’t strictly allowed to be called Cava but Richard won’t let that get in the way of a great glass of fizz.
The Octopus was a handsome dish served on a bed of paprika mash. As was the rich smoked steak tartare served with delicate potato crisps.
An all round great experience hidden away on a back street near St Paul’s – this is a spot well worth finding.