I have read with wonder the rather luke warm comments about Meson don Felipe.
My former boss introduced me to the delights of this crowded, friendly and atmospheric little tapas bar about 3 years ago and it has to rank among my favourite eateries in London.
The wine is good. The food is fabulous - I've never had a bad meal (except when my companions chose anchovies, chorizo and broad beans, but that was not the fault of the chef!). The atmosphere is fun and friendly and you always see someone you know.
I finally convinced my boyfriend to go with me a couple of months ago and every time we go out, or arrange to meet friends, Meson don Felipe is always his first suggestion.
If you're too posh to enjoy the cramped tables and noise - fine, stay away - we'll have your table!
I love m.d.f. too - and the flamenco man on the shelf is always great - if a little too loud. The list of dishes I always *have* to order is getting longer and longer though, which isn't good for the waistline...
I have eaten there many times and I think it is very authentic, like the crowded and hectic Tapas bars of Seville.
I've not seen any negative comments but I think there is a possibility that people may find the staff 'rude'. I don't think they are, they're just naturally Spanish and can come accross as a bit stand-offish initially. However, this is just a misconception and (I know this sound pretentious) they are just like they are in Seville (the home of the Tapas bar.)
You just have to be fairly assertive when getting their attention. If you just stand there, you tend to get ignored.
However, I've always found the food and wine to be really good.