And today's news centres on last night's exciting opening of Barrafina, the hottest restaurant to hit London so far this year. Barrafina is serving up tapas on Frith Street and can best be described as a smaller and more affordable version of Charlotte Street's much-loved Fino, which is little wonder as they are owned by the same people.
The focus of Barrafina's menu is on sourcing great ingredients and cooking them simply. From grilled seafood and chorizo to tortillas and tarts everything is seasonal, fresh and delicious. The wine was obviously carefully chosen and all available by the glass. The interior is reminiscent of an intimate Barcelona tapas bar, with a no reservations policy and seats for only 23 customers at its counter. As a customer there is constant theatre as you sit overlooking the kitchen area - a restorative birds-eye view for anyone traumatised by Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. The staff are friendly and refreshingly don't subscribe to the London practice of hurrying you out.
It was buzzy and full of life on a Monday in January. That has to be more than you can say about most places. Is it too early to call it Newcomer of the Year?
54 Frith Street
020 7813 8016