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Located in the plush Covent Garden neighborhood, Barrafina is a casual restaurant serving delicious Spanish tapas and tantalizing drinks. The decor is beautiful with bar stools, bright lighting, glass windows offering the view of the busy street and yet a laid back, comfortable aura inside. The bar counter is adorned with a beautiful white marble top and attractively placed booze bottles. Their tapas fare promises great flavors and rich taste. Menu highlights include the Iberian Pork Ribs, Ortiguillas, Braised Ox-Tongue, crushed Potatoes, and Portobello Mushroom Carpaccio. Save some space for their decadent desserts and indulge in the heavenly Pears in White Wine Sauce. To accompany your delectable meals, there is a slew of premium wines that will definitely pique the interest of oenophiles.
This charming German deli is famous for its authentic wursts. Herman Ze German is located in the Covent Garden area of London and serves authentic wursts made with free range meat, sandwiches, fries and their freshly baked salted pretzels. Charming and cozy with a friendly atmosphere, the experience of dining here is seldom disappointing and always packed with excitement. Crispy onions, fresh baguettes, and curry sauce make for a quick and delicious meal. Best of all, Herman Ze German is extremely affordable!
A short walking distance from Trafalgar Square, Notes is a great addition to the area. Opened in late 2010, it is a real crowd-pleaser, at least for the alternative crowd. As the name suggests, Notes has musical connotations, and has an amazing collection of jazz, classical and world music CDs in addition to great tea and coffee. Film fans won't be disappointed either, as the shop also has a fine selection of films from world cinema. Sandwiches, seasonal salads and home-baked sweets are also worth a try.
Nestled in the Royal Horseguards Hotel, this restaurant serves contemporary English fare. While the food is worth a try, the ambiance is quite classy. Catering for up to 40 people can also be organized. Located around most of the city's popular sight-seeing spots, One Twenty One Two is hard to miss. Call +44 845 305 8332 and fax +44 845 305 8371 for details.
Of the American big-bar ilk, Rileys Sports Bar is a sport lover's heaven. Combining four bars, a restaurant, and dance floor, this Piccadilly playpen is for the big boys, with table football, video games and pool tables. Gimmicky overkill or painstaking pride are the makings of this sporting theme bar: a racing motorbike hangs mid stunt-jump over the dance floor, baseball bat braces double as door handles, staff are kitted out in cheerleader garb, and cliched sporting memorabilia adorns the walls and trophy cabinets. Gargantuan television screens broadcast the major sports events, and in the dining area, booth-style seating comes complete with individual TV screens, making it a great venue to watch the action in the Premiership. The predominantly male clientele enjoys the familiarity of a mainstream bar with like-minded people.
L'ulivo Leicester Square is a lovely Italian eatery in the neighborhood. It is set in a touristy area near to many attractions like the Leicester Square, Wyndham's Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre and National Portrait Gallery. Their traditional fare is made fresh daily and has a home cooking style to it. Comforting and delicious, their food is reasonably priced. They have a la carte and Prix Fixe menu as well. Savor their dishes Lasagna Al Forno, Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina, Pollo Alla Parmigiana and Vitello con Prosciutto. Round off your meal with decadent desserts like Panna Cotta, Profiteroles and Wild Strawberry Cheesecake.