Customer reviews for Goya Pimlico, Pimlico
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Wednesday, December 08, 2004
|Loved the food! Loved the service! Loved the ambience!
A perfect local restaurant and a great example of the fantastic eateries that exist away from the main tourist areas of London. I have tried all the tapas and also the paella, which is delicious and better than some I have eaten in Spain. Served the traditional way in a steaming pan it has a tasty crust around the edges and is loaded with your choice of seafood, chicken and vegetables. Noteable tapas include Patas Bravas, fresh bocceronies, Valencia style artichokes (marinated & fried in the lightest batter), tortilla, eggs with asparagas, chorizo in wine, sauteed chicken with garlic and a rich kidney stew. All the seafood is excellent and reasonably priced - ask for a platter of grilled king prawn, mussel and calamari. The cold platters of Iberico meats and Manchego cheese, house salad, avocado crab cocktail and Pan Goya (Spanish welsh rarebit) are also worth a mention!
Check the blackboard behind the bar for their daily specials - the Padre Peppers are flash fried mini green peppers, wonderful but watch out as 1 in every 6 peppers is a bit spicy!
The upstairs bar is cozy, often buzzy and welcoming, downstairs there are larger tables, linen and much more space, ideal for a larger group or a romantic meal. The restaurant menu can be eaten upstairs and tapas downstairs just ask for the menu you want.
The staff are friendly, professional and very hard working.
Give it a try you will not be dissapointed!
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
|Liked the food Loved the service! Liked the ambience
Whilst in London on business some old friends took me to a small tapas bar in Pimlico, Goya. Having been to various Spanish restaurants throughout the capital and in Spain itself (where I used to live!) I was pleasantly surprised. My Friends informed that Goya Pimlico had recently been through some changes and has a charming new staircase! All I can say is it must be for the better as it is a delightful little place full of character given both by the staff and atmosphere, and thatís not even mentioning the food!
We stuck to tapas due to the fact that we werenít hungry and also that the menu was irresistible. Everything we ordered was a lovely generous portion served in a nice rustic style. We accompanied this with a very good house wine recommended by the waiter to complement our food. I highly recommend Goya to all that visit and habituate London, with its domed cavernous ceiling and pictures by its namesake as well as the charming and entertaining staff, it made my night and Iím sure it will make yours.
Friday, April 02, 2004
|Loved the food! Liked the service Liked the ambience
Tucked away in a Pimlico back street, this branch of Goya (not to be confused by the cavernous and drab offshoot elsewhere in SW1) provides one of the better tapas experiences in London.
Service and ambience are authentically Spanish. Food is ultra trad and impeccably prepared. Wine is as you would expect - robust and perfectly complementary of the tapas on offer.
One caveat - the Goya experience is best enjoyed through the tapas menu in the upstairs bar. The downstairs restaurant is grim, dark and heavy as is much of the food on offer. Give it a miss.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
|Liked the food Liked the service Liked the ambience
As Pimlico's local resident I love Goya for 2 main reasons:
1) good food - eat as little or as much as you like and you never feel pressurised to order things you donít want
2) Service - they treat you like a friend, they know what you drink as soon as you walk through the doors; you always feel welcome and comfortable
I also like the fact that I can either disappear downstairs with a book for a bit of piece & quiet or entertain friends in a busy and extremely cosy bar. And as a woman I am not embarrassed to come on my own to the bar and chat to all lovely neighbours, many of which are now my firm friends!
Say what you want about Goya, for me it is my local and I love it. The food is always good and they will even prepare potatoes and lamb for me in a way I exactly want (without the usual fuss you get from the waiter and a chef in the other restaurants in
I will recommend this place to anyone! Come and see for yourself and if you disagree let me know by leaving your review here!
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
|Didn't like the food Didn't like the service The ambience was okay
Situated in the sleepy backwaters of Pimlico, this eccentric Tapas eatery looks good but fails to live up to expectation.
The Tapas selection is varied and interesting. Try squid in black ink, we didn't.
The bread was big and fluffy and bready with a distinctly bready aroma. The olive and pickled onion selection is a real find at only £1 a throw.
The wine list promises much, with an ample selection of fine white and reds. We opted for the white. What it lacked in sophistication and balance it made up its exuberantly fresh and fruity summer swirls.
The service is great. We were to asked order by three different waiters before we had even looked at the menu, efficient.