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Dehesa

25 Ganton Street, London, United Kingdom, W1F 9BP
Critics Review 12/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Tapas
Mon - Fri
12 - 3pm / 5 - 11pm

Sat
12 - 11pm

Sun
12 - 5pm
Charcuterie, Cheese and Bar Snacks are served all day.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Dehesa

Dehesa is a charcuterie and tapas bar inspired by the cuisine of Spain and Italy. It opened in January 2008 and is the sister restaurant to Salt Yard in Fitzrovia and Opera Tavern in Covent Garden, offering sharing dishes served in a relaxed environment. The restaurant is named after the Dehesa- a unique woodland area in Spain which is home to the black-footed Ibérico pigs – said to produce the best ham in the world. This reflects our commitment to quality and provenance and our dedication to carefully sourced products. Pop in to share a board of the finest Jamón Ibérico carved to order along with a plate of manchegos with quince – accompanied with a glass of cold Fino.

Try some courgette flowers stuffed with goats’ cheese and drizzled with honey or some chargrilled tiger prawns with smoked garlic butter and rosemary- washed down with a glass of crisp Albariño. Or how about chargrilled lamb chops with fresh peas, broad beans and mint and a glass of Pinot Nero. Bookings taken for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday as well as Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch. Our Private Dining Room is available to book lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and Sunday lunch.

Cuisine: Italian, Spanish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
12/20
The new, slightly more casual, offspring of Salt Yard offers a similar formula to its parent, but with the unwelcome twist of a no-booking policy. While I am sure this makes life easier for the restaurant it certainly does not for anyone who is hoping to plan their evening. Moreover, my experience waiting this evening was rather like one of those flight delay situations at airports, where they initially tell you the flight is going to be a bit late, then gradually eke out the delay in instalments to stop you switching to another airline. Having arrived around seven I was told that we would be seated “ within 20 – 40 minutes” but we did not sit down for well over an hour. You can at least have a drink (standing in the narrow gap between one set of tables and the stairs) but it was a frustrating experience. The best dish sampled was some excellent chorizo (14/20) which avoided the chewiness that so often afflicts this sausage in London restaurants. Pata negra (£13) was good, but not at all as good as the perfect version from Joselito I had at Cambio de Tercio recently. My dining companion, who is sufficiently well versed in pata negra to have a whole leg sitting in his kitchen right now, felt the main problem in this case was that the ham was sliced too thin. I find a plate of ham, however good, very hard to mark, so I am not going to attempt to; it was certainly of good provenance and was enjoyable, but as I say it can be even better than this. Slices of duck breast were pleasant and correctly cooked (12/20). Sourdough bread with aioli has been mocked elsewhere for its cost (after all, this is just a bit of toast) but used good bread and, which is perhaps the point, came with a really excellent aioli (13/20). Salt cod croquettes were crisp and tasty, served with a not very spicy (13/20) Romesco sauce. Mackerel with a quince, apple and pear aioli was a couple of flavours too many for me (11/20). A similar issue for me happened with wild chicory with grilled blood orange and salsa verde. Most of the tapa dishes are £3.25 - £7 each. The wine list is quite pricey, though it does have a couple of cheap options; we had the excellent Fagus at £45 (which retails at about £16). There is a long selection of fine wines from Spain and Italy for those wishing to splash out. Service was friendly at all times despite the bustle, but the no reservation policy means Dehesa is probably best tried for lunch unless you don’t mind waiting an indeterminate time for a table.
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Visited On Saturday, 22 July 2017

Excellent food, nice atmosphere, reasonable pricing considering location

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Visited On Saturday, 22 July 2017

Nice food. Thought the service was a bit poor. Table for 4, two of us came early and friends arrived a bit later. The waitress/waiters didn't acknowledge the second two customers. After a long while waiting, I had to go inside and get the waitress to come and take our drinks/food orders. Food came before our drinks and then we had to wait a while for our plates to be cleared and to be bought the bill.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 July 2017

Service is very slow and inefficient. It takes multiple reminders for the food/drink to come to the table.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 July 2017

love this place!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 July 2017

There was a potentially serious issue regarding allergies. One of my friends told the waiter that she was allergic to nuts but our cheese platter was still brought out containing a garnish of walnuts. When we asked for this to be replaced with something else, we saw the team simply wipe off the walnuts and put chutney in its place. We then had to request again that the entire plate be changed, as it had been contaminated by the walnuts. This was a highly dangerous decision by the team and we were only able to realise they had used the same plate due to a convenient table location. My friend carries an epi-pen due to the severity of her allergies and it was shocking to see a restaurant behave so recklessly / ignorantly. Please could you ensure that your staff are given adequate training on allergies, including the risks posed by cross-contamination, as this appeared lacking. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 July 2017

Excellent food and service - we all thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Dehesa

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Visited On Sunday, 16 July 2017

Amazingly smooth pate

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Visited On Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thank you, we had a fantastic evening, good food, wine and service

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