Laxeiro Tapas Bar
93 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 7RG
This is an attractive family-run standby on Columbia Road serving Galician tapas to hungry hordes of shoppers at the flower market (for a more relaxed experience, visit during the week). Part of the experience is enjoying the atmosphere of the homey but stylish dining room that opens out onto the street. Many of the ingredients and the wine are sourced from Spain, but they also use local produce and suppliers where possible. As well as tapas standards – such as patatas bravas, tortilla and calamares – you can tuck into big seafood or meat paellas for two. For dessert, try a Catalan cinnamon cream pudding accompanied by a Spanish brandy.