What do we need to know about Lobos Soho?
The team behind the original Lobos Meat & Tapas in Borough have opened a second, more central venue, with a familiar menu of small plates and larger meat dishes.
Where is it?
Halfway up Frith Street, next door to Soho stalwart Ronnie Scott's. Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square are your nearest tubes.
Where can we meet for a drink first?
Obviously, you're spoilt for choice in Soho with a range of bars and pubs on the surrounding streets to suit all tastes.
Lobos has its own bar area downstairs where you can wait for a table and peruse the menu with a cocktail or Spanish beer. The Sangria de Cava (£8) flavoured with Cointreau, elderflower, cinnamon and fruit is a great aperitivo, especially when accompanied by a mixed board of Manchego, cured chorizo and salchichon Iberico(£12).
Where should we sit?
The ground and first floors of the restaurant are set up for dining, with a second bar on the middle level and open kitchen at the top. If you can, plump for a table on the upper floor alongside the kitchen for a prime view of the action.
What can we expect from the food?
Vegetarians, look away now - this is one for the carnivores. The main focus of Lobos’ menu is Iberico pig, with various cuts and styles of pork featuring in many of the dishes. As well as charcuterie, seafood and more typical tapas favourites, there are also larger meat dishes including steak and roast lamb.
Kicking things off with the prized Iberico, we opted for the Presa Iberica (£12.50) - pan fried shoulder of pork with roasted peppers – and a Pork Cheek Slider (£5.50) with anchovy mayonnaise and pickled cabbage.
The Chorizo al Vino (£6) was gloriously rich, and obligatory croquetas (£7) came oozing with cheese and pieces of ham, chorizo and smoked bacon. We balanced out the meatfest with prawns (£10.50) which came out sizzling in garlic and chilli oil.
If you can save a little room for something sweet, the Dulce de Leche cheesecake is a delicious, light dessert to finish with.
And what about the wine?
The menu is extensive and exclusively Spanish with prices from £4.75 for a glass of Verdejo, up to £100 for a bottle of Baron de Chirel Rioja. Carafes are available to continue the sharing theme. And, of course, there’s sherry too.
If you’re looking for a red meat fix and great atmosphere in the heart of Soho, Lobos is your place. Whether you’re trying some lesser-known cuts of Iberico or just want to fill up on charcuterie and traditional tapas, work your way through the food and drinks list here and you’re guaranteed to walk away with a warm, satisfied glow.
Lobos Soho is at 48 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SF. Find out more about Lobos.
Hot Dinners were invited to Lobos. Prices are correct at the time of writing.