Whilst Mediterranean cuisine is certainly getting more attention these days, Spanish and Basque has been greatly under appreciated. Welcome to Lamano from Jorge Guzman, the bartender turned restaurateur from the Dominican Republic who is also responsible for Mexican favourites Black Ant, Temerario and Ofrenda. Along with his business partner, chef Mario Hernandez, they've turned their focus to the lesser known.
With a combination of classic Spanish, Basque and Catalan, the menu is filled with pintxos, canned treats, flatbreads and larger dishes. Think about plates like beer-poached octopus with fingerling potatoes, sea salt and pimento or their take on a classic tortilla made with free range eggs, confit potatoes, caramelized onions and truffle aioli.
The space itself is small, but not cramped, with large, high tables with stools, white tiles and big windows to let in plenty of natural light. They also have a great hand-painted map on the wall highlighting the different regions in Spain that are the inspirations for their concept.
Casual snacking with friends