|Monday - Saturday||12pm - 11.30pm|
|Budget||Great Value (£15 - £30)|
|Nearest Station||Covent Garden|
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Encant, translating as ‘imp’ or ‘sprite’, but also ‘mischief’ and ‘charm’, is both the name and ethos of this exciting restaurant, situated at 16 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NJ. Explains chef-patron Victor Garvey, “Encant serves the kind of food I love to eat in the kind of restaurant I like to eat in. The dishes I’m cooking are rooted in my Spanish parentage and childhood, but influenced by my travels and experience of working in restaurants around the world.”
In a sultry, copper-hued room, seconds away from the bustling Covent Garden Piazza and theatreland, diners can watch Victor and his team at work in the open kitchen. Every dish is made to order using the highest quality ingredients; the style of service meanwhile is friendly, informal and welcoming. The menu is complemented by an all-Spanish wine list, available by the glass and bottle, as well as a cocktail list featuring many variations of Spain’s beloved gin & tonic.
Photos by Paul Winch-Furness
Forget old hat La Tasca, Duende should be your new favourite tapas place. A tiny 26 cover restaurant, the guy behind Bravas Tapas has brought more modern Spanish cuisine to Covent Garden. Forget limp calamari, you’ll be ordering the pancetta-wrapped quail with Pedro Ximenez jus or the oyster fritura from the open kitchen and sipping on something from the all-Spanish wine list. Tucked away from the heaving melee of tourists, Encant is your little slice of sunshine.