Restaurants: Sabor, London

Back in the saddle, a post-lockdown restaurant experience. Last Tuesday I lunched at Sabor in Heddon Street, just off lower Regent Street in Central London. For now, they’ve taken over the outdoor space with some appropriately distanced tables and are offering a brief but interesting selection of tapas, with a trimmed-down wine list, which they have dubbed Sabor al Fresco.

Normally, Sabor has two areas – the walk-in ‘Counter’ and the reservation upstairs area called ‘Asador’. These will open after the Sabor al Fresco runs its five-week summer course.

We began with a beer, then a glass of the La Ina Fino from Lustau with some perfect ham croquetas.

The next dish was a little more adventurous, and was quite amazing.

Black rice (pictured top) was the menu item of the day, though: stunning, intense, textural and with so much garlic. We followed this up with some small hamburgers. Really impressed with the food here. Service was assured and friendly.

The winelist could do with some work. It’s a little unimaginative, and very short, although this could be because of the constraints of lockdown. There was one wine that caught my eye, though – the 2017 Terroir Historic bottling from Terroir al Limit. It was pretty good – it’s a semi-carbonic maceration white from Garnacha Blanca and Macabeu, with lovely texture and detail.