Barrafina now in Covent Garden

Covent Garden Royal Opera HouseI’ve been looking for an excuse to nip into Covent Garden ever since I learnt that there lies a Moleskin stand-alone store on King Street.  The small shop opened in April as is part of a host of the brand’s roll-out into creative-met-hubs including New York, Paris and Bejing.

Moleskin choice of notebooksAnyway, for someone who has always at least 3 notebooks on-the-go at any one time, this is my idea of ruled, squared and blank bliss.

So there I was this morning, faced with impossible choices of colour, size and thickness of paper.

handbag size moleskin sketch book

In the end, I settled upon a handbag size sketch book.  Probably the only remaining size I have yet to scribble in.

Barrafina Covent GardenFood news in Covent Garden doesn’t get bigger than my lunch review location.  Barrafina – the Soho Spanish bar phenomenon – opened this week on Adelaide Street.

Barrafina Covent GardenI asked a couple of ladies who love to lunch to join me but- alas – with the end of school year mere minutes away, all were busy.  And that’s when it struck me.  To eat/review alone would be more than fine: no reason to excuse my compulsive camera habit, no need to check they are enjoying their food, no need to chat.  Instead, I could catch up on the gossip from the waitress, read my magazine, check my email and of course eavesdrop on other conversations (one of my regular vices).

Barrafina Covent GardenI ate a judion, fennel and smoked salmon salad (£6.50), an oyster (£3.80) and a single prawn in tempura and fermented black garlic alioli (£7.80) from the specials board.

Barrafina Covent GardenI drank a glass of Tremendus 2013 Honorio Rubio Rioja (£5), a big bottle of sparking water (free) and an espresso.

And I definitely plan to eat alone again.

Barrafina Adelaide Street London WC2





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