Tapas are the stock-in-trade of Padron, in an up-and-coming part of District VIII: dishes are served in communal fashion so everyone can have get taste of everything. Along with Spanish standards – potatoes in spicy-creamy sauce, spicy prawns – there are more recherché finds such as Basque sausage in red wine, slow-cooked beef cheek in Madeira sauce, lamb shoulder in orange-and-fig sauce. The eponymous padrón is a small, green Spanish pepper fried in hot oil. All takes place in tasteful, open-plan surroundings.

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