In a nutshell: Ex Barrafina chef Nieves Barragan opens her own restaurant.
Summing it all up: They've both been driving forces behind Barrafina's success and now Nieves Barragan and José Etura are opening Sabor, their own restaurant.
They've both been driving forces behind Barrafina's success and now Nieves Barragan and José Etura are opening their own restaurant.
Like most food-obsessed Londoners, we've been huge fans of Barrafina over the years and a big part of that has been Nieves Barragan's leading of the kitchens. So when news broke that she was moving on, we were all eager to see what was next. And now Sabor has been revealed as her own restaurant.
She's partnering up with José Etura, who also spent 10 years at Barrafina, becoming the general Manager there. The duo are creating Sabor as a Spanish restaurant, bar and asador on Heddon Street (just off Regent Street). We're told to expect the food to focus on recreating an experience like the tapas bars of Andalucía, the asadors of Castile and the seafood restaurants of Galicia.
Obviously the kitchen at Barrafina was central to the experience, so expect the same here. The ground floor is where the main dining counter is located, surrounding hte open kitchen. So fans of counter dining, like us, will be in for a treat. They'll serve up Nieves take on regional dishes from across Spain, including Basque country and Catalonia.
And there will be a separate bar too, with sherries, txakolis, vermouths, beers and wines. We're always searching for a good bar in this area, so that's very good news.
And there's more upstairs, where there's a focus on Galicia and Castile - with octopus and suckling pig a speciality. We can expect that "Galician octopus will be cooked in traditional copper pans with olive oil and paprika while a Castilian roast suckling pig will be cooked in the asador (a traditional wood fired oven)." But don't worry about being too far away from the action, as the large tables upstairs will overlook the open kitchen.
More about Sabor
Where is it? 35 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BR
When does it open? Autumn 2017
Find out more: Follow Nieves on Twitter @NievesBarragan1.