El Cantara

45 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SD - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7734 6868

El Cantara Restaurant In London
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Overall 8.0
Food 8.0
Service 7.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 8.0
Based on 1 reviews

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Marina O'Loughlin - 3/5

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - There are two good reasons to head for El Cantara. One: the secret roof terrace where you can eat, drink or puff on a shisha. It's at the top of a sprawling, elaborately decorated townhouse that seems to go on forever, from basement bar to roof under the stars...Reason two: a gorgeous chicken pastilla, a Moroccan pie that features layers of crisp, oily filo, spiced chicken and a lot of icing sugar. Other dishes - albondigas (meatballs), calamari, fishcakes with garlic mayo - are serviceable. Sadly, promised belly dancers fail to appear. If you can't score a table at Koya, Barrafina or Polpo, this might work as plan B, especially if the sun ever shines again.

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This restaurant has such mixed up reviews! But I am glad we took the risk! On arrival waiter informed us that they have a new monthly menu and there are seasonal dishes etc. We had Pastilla, Prawn croquetas and smoked fish wrap. very tasty! for main we had lamb tagine and pollo alhambra. I highly recommend the tagine although chicken dish was nice too. will def come back.
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Jane Robinson
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Difficult to say anything nice about the food or sloppy service here. The tapas was at best reasonable, but the mains were pathetic. Everything was dry, over cooked and devoid of any attention or even effort.

Frankly makes me wonder why anyone would open and run a "restaurant" like this. No wonder tourists leave London feeling we know nothing about food.

More fool us for going.
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Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1
Sunday, April 28, 2013

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