"Chic tapas bar amidst the tourist trappings of Covent Garden"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
This Covent Garden find is the second branch of Pix, a self-service tapas bar that displays mouthwatering food on “pintxos”, the Basque word for skewers. The original, in chic Notting Hill, has a constant stream of beautiful people arriving to sip Sangria, nibble on juicy green olives and puff away on Marlboro Lights whilst sitting at the tables outside and spying on the local dress sense; its West End counterpart has a similar mix of trendy couples and young urbanites flocking here to fill up their plates with tortilla on sticks.
The décor is part swish bar part Catalan taverna, with rustic-looking wooden high stools and tables near the entrance facing the bar, where the food is displayed. At the back are conventional tables and chairs – it’s a small area however so it tends to fill up very quickly. The way it works is simple, you help yourself to as many morsels as your heart desires and your leftover pintxos are counted up at the end. These are priced at either £1.95 or £2.50 depending on the dish.
There are some wonderfully indulgent desserts such as the churros served in shot glasses with thick chocolate, but it’s really as a bar that Pix seems to best serve its purpose, not simply because if you happen to be hungry you can end up with a seriously hefty bill, but because its sleek interior, upbeat music and laidback, chatty atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a date, especially if you’re trying to demonstrate there’s more to Covent Garden than Belushi’s.
Leila reviewed Pix on Sun 20 Feb 2011