Añada is Gertrude Street’s tapas bar. It’s clean and slick, like something straight out of Madrid. The large front windows, industrial lamps, exposed brick and smooth wooden counter and tabletops are typical of the a la mode local aesthetic. But it’s what comes out of the kitchen and from behind the bar that brings it to life. With a pleasant variety of local as well as Spanish wines, and beers served by a knowledgeable staff, there is rarely an empty glass in the house.
The seafood-heavy menu is split into tiny pieces of tapas on one side and larger raciones on the other. These include plates of grilled quail on pomegranate seeds, dill and freekeh; king prawns with salmorejo; stuffed calamari; and Berkshire pork belly with aubergine. Accompany with orange-soaked carrots, roasted beetroots and wash down with some sherry. The Moorish influences are evident in these small dishes that are designed to be shared. But you’ll need a few and it’s easy to accumulate a hefty bill here.
Sit on a stool up at the bar, the long share table at the back, or at intimate tables for two and four packed nicely into the narrow room. Like in Spain, things here are well considered to make the most of a bustling space, though you won’t be able to just drop in here and hang off the bar, so book ahead.