• Spanish• Soho
Copita opened in 2011, when London was just getting a proper feel for the sharing dishes of continental Europe. Co-founders Tim Luther and Nigel Howell had previously opened Barrica, and both are inspired by their shared love of Spanish produce and wine.
Like in good tapas restaurants in Spain, a good buzz in the room is central to the restaurant, and small tables and a convivial atmosphere mean that’s almost always what you’ll get. Beautiful marble counters and legs of jamón hanging from the walls make you feel like you could be in Barcelona or Madrid, while a few tables are available outside if you want to people-watch in what’s undeniably a great area to do so.
There’s nothing particularly fancy on offer here: rather, Copita focuses on a great supply chain and sourcing authentic Spanish ingredients for use in classic Spanish tapas. Grilled octopus with mashed potatoes, mushroom croquetas and a beautiful presa Ibérica (a lean cut of Ibérico pork, served rare) are all worth ordering. A great list of Spanish wines, sherries and cava means you’ll find the perfect accompaniment to your mood.
This place has a massive range of well made tapas, it’s all quite reasonably priced, and, regardless of whether you’re stopping in for just a couple of plates, or you plan to stay all day, its tiled interior and big wooden high-top tables, will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from the madness of Soho .
It's a buzzy little tapas station in the middle of Soho, but we're not here to advance any amorous schemes, so we feel a little out of place.
Copita is committed to replicating the nueva cocina of the province, and with dishes that include beef onglet with rosemary onion pork jowl, plaice in tempura with green hummus, and truffled goat’s cheese with honey, your culinary caper through the region can take in some off-piste options if you’ll allow.