Friday 1 February 2008 3.59pm
We tried this last Thursday (Gambia Street
, Balackfriars), with the fantastic Meson don Felipe tapas bar on Lower Marsh
being full to overflowing and - a first? - taking bookings. I mean, for tapas!!!?
Anyhow, Mar i Terra
was a good, solid second choice, and we were interested to see if things had changed since our last visit 2 years ago when the food was excellent but the wine was poor for the price and very expensive. In short, we had not been back.
Sadly, whilst we were made to feel very welcome and we enjoyed a delicious selection of excellent hot and cold dishes, the choice of wine is still the achilles heal of this restaurant. We paid £18 for one of the cheapest bottles on the menu, and it could be only described as distinctly average "mountain wine". A half decent riocha - nothing special in Spain (or come to think of it Tesco?)- will set your wallet back significantly in the order of £30 plus, removing the "cheap" from the phrase "cheap midweek tapas".
Perhaps with Brindisa at Borough and Meson don Felipe so full, people are telling them to think again about their wine menu? I certainly am!