Restaurant Review: El Ganso, Broadway Market, E8

El Ganso: bustling and vibey

El Ganso: bustling and vibey - Credit: Archant

A trip to bustling Broadway Market is always a Saturday treat, but all that browsing tends to work up an appetite – at least that’s what I find.

Pimientos de Padron - lovely little mouthfuls

Pimientos de Padron - lovely little mouthfuls - Credit: Archant

There are plenty of stalls and restaurants to tickle your taste buds, but I believe El Ganso is the only tapas place. It features a nice little bar facing the window so you can indulge in a good bit of people watching – playing count the moustaches and fold-up bikes, for example.

The place is as busy and vibey as its surroundings, with a nice atmosphere, although a bit chilly with the door permanently open and nowhere to hang your hat.

These minor quibbles aside, we perused the lusty Spanish wine selection and healthy cheese and charcuterie board before heading for the hot tapas to keep out the cold.

I’m never quite sure how many tapas to order in these places and normally leave either still hungry or offensively stuffed – the waiter’s recommendation of six was about right this time.

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Part of the fun is ordering a load and seeing what comes out when – the pan-fried peppers up first were gorgeous little beasts, the perfect size to pop into the mouth whole, leaving only the stalk.

The prawns were lovely – big fellers swimming in a vibrant chilli and garlic sauce – particularly when eaten with fantastic chorizo, which was all cheeky paprika and spice.

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Dish of the day was a toss-up between the tuna tartare, seasoned and tender to the extreme, and the presa Ibercia; medium cooked, succulent pork in rich, potent gravy.

The only real let-down was the salmon. Smoked at 60 degrees rather than cooked, it had bags of potential but lacked flavour and had a slightly disturbing consistency. The fact that it came out after the rich meat dishes didn’t help.

If you fancy a fun Saturday, it’s hard to imagine a much better way to spend time than a wander down Broadway, a couple of drinks and then heading to El Ganso for some boozy tapas.

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