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Nov 10

El Cantara, Soho

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El Cantara means overpass or bridge in Spanish and Arabic and is the first Moroccan and Spanish inspired venue in Soho. Located opposite Little Italy, this revamped restaurant and bar can be found next door to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

The venue has a homely feel with family photos lining the terracotta walls of the entrance and friendly and welcoming staff.  There are several sections to this place; the ground floor dining room resembles a traditional Spanish taverna while downstairs you will also find the Tapas Bar in which to enjoy a tasty cocktail. Wander upstairs to enjoy more of the wonderful food on offer as well as some authentic entertainment in the form of belly dancers, who will shimmy the night away. Also available are packages offering people the chance to learn how to belly dance, tarot read, or even flamenco!

Above: The Dining Area @ El Cantara

Weather permitting, if you wish for a more relaxed evening under the stars, then slip on to the Shisha Terrace which is Soho’s only roof terrace. Here you can cozy up amongst the embellished cushions and enjoy a shisha of a variety flavours. 

Above: The Shisha Terrace @ El Cantara Is Soho's Only Roof Terrace

The menu offers a large choice of both classic Spanish and Moroccan treats. Favourites include the charmoula sardinas – herb crust covered oven-baked sardines; the Moroccan lamb tagines, paella Valencian and authentic and flavoursome couscous, as well as calamari, sweet potato croquetas, (very Moorish!) and the Merguez Briiwat, filo pastry filled with spicy lamb & feta cheese tapas.  To accompany these flavour packed dishes, the wine list boasts bottles from Spain, France and Chile, and has helpful annotated with tasting notes to aid your choice. 
Top Tip: Sample a home cooked tagine, whilst smoking a Shisha on the private terrace or dine in the red room whilst the exotic belly dancers do their thing. 
El Cantara, 
45 Frith St, 
London, W1D 4SD

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