La Terraza is great because:
- You can sit on the pavement amongst the plants in the sun, drinking rose and eating calamari and feeling like you’re in Spain
- They have lovely friendly Spanish waiters who may (or may not) give you a shot of fire water because he likes the fact you admired his silk shirt
- Most of South London’s hispanic population is at the bar, watching the football or dancing to the music
- You can rock up later or simply wander in after your dinner to have a drink at the bar and dance to live music from two guys playing fabulously 80s synth salsa on a keyboard
- Oh yeah, yummy tapas.
This does really feel like a local restaurant and I always have tons of fun every time I go. The last few times I’ve turned up late, drank wine and danced salsa with an elderly Venezuelan gentleman, but this time El G and I went to eat. We had:
Pork fillet (Solomillo de cerdo) this was seriously yummy
Roasted peppers (pimientos asados) – a bit plain and sour for me sadly
Jamon jamon – nom nom nom
Sardines (sardinas) – yummy
All washed down with a lovely bottle of rose and we finished up with a plate of manchego which we ate with glasses of rioja. No salsa that night but a lovely meal came to £58 or £29 each – great value and a fun night. Also check out Buena Vista Cuban bar round the corner on Landor Road – haven’t had a drink there yet (on the list!) but admired the live music, dancing and general merriment inside on my way to The Landor.