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EL NORTE: Bringing the rich flavours of Spain to the streets of Mayfair

El Norte (19-20 Dover Street, Mayfair) is the latest venture from Arian and Alberto Zandi, co-founders of the Emerald Hospitality Group. Having opened in November 2021, El Norte has quickly become one of Mayfair’s hotspots and is a most welcome addition to the London dining scene.

El Norte’s menu takes inspiration from some of Spain’s most popular gastronomic regions, offering a sharing style menu of traditional Spanish dishes with a modern and luxury twist. The signature Tortilla de Trufa is an ideal dish to kick start any lunch or dinner, for those feeling meaty then the Basque Rib Eye Steak and Iberian Wagyu Beef Burgers are not to be missed. If it’s the azure Spanish shoreline you hanker after, then the Wild Tuna Tartare and Galician Grilled Octopus will be sure to satisfy the tastebuds.

As for the drinks, El Norte’s extensive wine list offers the perfect pairing to any dish. Choose from an array of exceptional regional Spanish wines, or some of the finest global vintages, be that still or sparkling. Meanwhile, the El Norte’s mixologists have curated an innovative collection of cocktails, from the El Churro (vodka infused with cinnamon, Mozart Choc, Baileys, and Simple Syrup) to the Agua de Valencia (gin, vodka, orange juice and cava) alternatively, the Toffee Expresso Martini (gin, toffee, Kahlua, Express and toasted marshmallow) is sure to give you a sweet fix.

Taking inspiration from the Great Villas across Northern Spain, the décor combines decades of tradition with contemporary touches; here vintage upholstery is mixed with low slung lighting and a marble bar, creating an eclectic environment that remembers its roots whilst embracing its future.

Intent on creating an evolved Spanish dining experience, El Norte takes its muse from Spain’s rich culinary heritage but updated for the modern day. No flavour is forgotten but amplified and enjoyed in chic surroundings amongst London’s most prestigious neighbourhood.

Sister restaurants to El Norte include Como Garden, an Italian restaurant inspired by Lake Como and located next door to Zuaya, a the now famous Latin American fusion restaurant. With exciting plans afoot for 2022 and beyond, the Zandi twins are most definitely making their mark on the London restaurant scene and look forward to a bright future ahead.

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