When dining in London one is spoilt for choice. If you spend long enough in the city, you can get a taste of the entire world. It can be challenging to think about where to even start. If Spanish food is your favourite, Sabor is definitely the place for you. It offers a sensational dining experience right in the heart of London.
How it Started
Sabor was opened by Nieves Barragan and Jose Etura. The two arrived in the UK over ten years ago without speaking any English and started their careers within the hospitality industry. The two met at the Spanish chain Barrafina, which is said to have changed to Spanish eating scene within England since its opening. The two helped Barrafina get to where it is today. In 2018 they opened their own restaurant – Sabor – and it was a labour of love for them both. Their hard work paid off as its the proud owner of 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 happy customers – that’s what inspires me every day.”
The restaurant is designed over two floors. On the first floor, you will find the main dining counter and an open kitchen. You may be able to spot chef Nieves Barragan in her trademark suede jacket. She went on to say in her interview, “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.”
And yes, it’s safe to say Sabor is stylish. From the open kitchen to the well-stocked bar filled with Spanish wine and gins, to the spiral staircase leading to large open tables. No matter where you are seated, you will feel comfortable and welcome.
You’ll also be feeling hungry. Finally, let’s get down to the food. If you’re familiar with Spanish dining you’ll know tapas – small, sharing dishes. Tapas are, of course, a focus for the restaurant but it also specialises in seafood. The menu of fresh seafood changes daily. From Galican octopus and herb crusted rabbit shoulder to confit artichoke and mussels. If you need something sweet to finish off your meal, the honey saffron ice cream is incredible. One read of the menu and you’ll already be planning your next visit. Sabor is Spanish for flavour and it easily fulfils this promise.
With tempting tapas and delicious desserts, Sabour is a must-do dining experience for anyone visiting London. Just be prepared to wait. Have you dined at Sabor before?