If you aren’t familiar with the buzzing barrio (neighbourhood) of La Latina in Madrid, Spain, just know this – the famous marketplace’s narrow lanes are known for their tapas bars, cafes, and street food stalls, which people throng to enjoy a taste of quintessential Spanish fare. It personifies tapeo, the Spanish approach to life, with bite-sized pintxos (small snacks eaten in bars) at the heart of it all. Delhi’s newest tapas bar, La Latina, comes inspired by all this.
Bringing modern high-end Spanish food and lifestyle to the city, the space aims to highlight the generosity, authenticity, and vibrancy of Spanish culture. The restaurant will showcase Spain’s most iconic tapas, using ingredients from Spain as well as Indian organic produce (local tomatoes, black garlic, pimento peppers, Indian zarai cheese), and seafood from the Andamans.
Lifestyle Asia got an exclusive preview (the restaurant is set to open on June 10) and some of the standout dishes we tasted included Patatas bravas, made using Indian new potatoes and local chillies; Pork Belly Anticucho, the BBQ satay of pork; and Spiced Lamb Cigars, inspired from the Catalan region, with spices and smoked cod with pil pil sauce, a Basque specialty. The pork ribs were soaked in a marinade and cooked for 12 hours. Other highlights included gazpacho, white wine and olive oil cured white anchovies, and pork rillettes, braised chunks of meat smoothened to a pâtè.
And of course there are churros, an integral part of the menu – there is a dark chocolate sauce version if you prefer. Other desserts include the Pan con Tomate, baked fresh every hour; the savoury goat cheese crème brûlée; and the La Latina special tart.
With the restaurant seeking to familiarise patrons with the Spanish way of life, the staff is extensively trained on the food and culture of Madrid. This is further ensured by Alexandre Barre, one of the partners, a Spaniard himself.
The decor is playful with geometric tiles in shades of mint, sea-green, and pickle green. The open format kitchen allows guests to interact with the chefs, and the bar on the same level creates a casual vibe. The seating is mostly communal, with few tables around the window and a small balcony overlooking the market garden.
The cocktails are curated by Delhi’s popular speakeasy PCO, and attention has been paid to flavours, presentation, and balance; sustainability and zero wastage also play a vital role. The visually bold drinks employ modern techniques – percolation and then clarification – and the spectacular sangrias were bursting with fresh and fruity notes (some key ones on the menu are peach and cranberry, cucumber and elderflower, latina with a hint of ginger, coconut, and pineapple). Wines will be sourced from all over the world, though the bigger focus will be on Spanish wine, mostly from Rioja.
Where: N11, GK 1, N block, First Floor, New Delhi 110048
Opening hours: The restaurant opens on June 10. 12:00 pm to 1:00 am, all days
Price: Rs 2,500 for two, with alcohol. Taxes extra
Contact: +91 80102 47494
All images: Courtesy Eeshaan Kashyap