Welcome to Sabor, one of London’s must do dining experiences. Sabor – which is Spanish for flavour – sets the bar high with its name and no-one leaves feeling disappointed. Throughout your whole visit there it’s easy to see the care and thought which has gone into creating the restaurant: from the menu to the layout of the tables. The entire design is made to ensure your enjoyment. So what it is exactly which makes Sabor more special?
You cannot talk about Sabor without talking about its two founders: Nieves Barragan and Jose Etura. The two arrived in the UK over a decade ago, slowly but surely working their way up within the hospitality industry. The pair met when they both started working Barrafina and helped make it the success it is today. Sabor was a labour of love for them both, and their hard work has paid off as it’s already earned a Michelin Star. In an interview with Belstaff, Barragan said, “Making Sabor has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done Come here at 8 o’clock in the morning, leave at 1 o’clock in the morning – it doesn’t matter. When you see the happy customers – that’s what inspires me every day.”
She brings her personality to the kitchen as well, style is important to her. She went on to say, “Belstaff is quality. It’s elegant, and it makes you feel good. Style means personality. It’s who you are. When I’m plating the dishes, that is my style, that is my personality.”
Sabor’s carefully crafted menu will have you planning your second visit within minutes of your first mouthful. It obviously has a focus on a tapas – small sharing dishes – but also delves into the world of seafood. Depending on where you’re seated in the two-storey restaurant will impact what you eat. Head upstairs and you’ll dine traditional Galician octopus or pig. Downstairs is an open kitchen, with food exploring the regions of Spain plus changing daily seafood dishes. The cuttlefish with pesto is definitely one to watch out for. Fancy something sweet? You’ll love the rhubarb and mascarpone tartaleta.
Sabor is located on Heddon Street, close to Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus . Rest assured despite it being near so major players it is definitely not a tourist trap. Foodies from all over come to sample the tapas and that Sabor atmosphere. Most nights there are queues which have people waiting for at least an hour. The counter doesn’t take bookings. However, upstairs take reservations.
Sabor continues to help evolve the Spanish dining scene within the UK. You may have to be prepared to wait for a table, but it’s going to be worth it. So when do you plan on visiting?