As life bounces back to normal, you too can bounce into a world far removed from the hustle and bustle of London streets, to enjoy a bar and restaurant space inspired by the decadence of 1950s Havana.
We’re talking about Bar La Rampa; a space that seizes you from the street with its vibrant and eclectic interior. This exciting space is one of Fitzrovia’s hidden treasures, positioned just a stroll away from Oxford Circus.
The menu and cocktail list is just as adventurous as the decor, with Cuban-inspired small plates ready to try, from Ana Goncalves and Zijun Meng of TATA Eatery.
We delved into some sharing plates, including fried plantain and avocado mojo, named ‘Tostones’ on the menu, as well as some delicious prawn ceviche, that I am still craving after trying it! As much as I’d like to say we behaved and just had the two sharing plates, this couldn’t be further from the truth – we munched our way through the menu, also sampling the sensational pork chicharrones – crackling pork skin with adobo spice – and the elite corn ribs, served up with vegan chipotle mayo and lime.
The menu is thriving with small plates, curated by Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng of TĀTĀ Eatery, and flavours are so fresh and moreish, with dishes inspired by the wider Central American region. You can also enjoy diverse desserts, including homemade churros (omg, give us 500!) and ice cream and sorbets.
The bar has such a fun atmosphere, so if you’re looking for a spot to enjoy post-work drinks or cocktails with friends then it’s a perfect atmosphere. There’s also an alcove filled with foliage that has further seating for a very Instagrammable dining experience.
Another beautiful aspect of the space is the live music. We were treated to tunes from two very sprightly musicians who played music reminiscent of Cuba. As described on the website: “In the 1950s, Havana’s elite would flock to clubs like Montmarte after-dark and spend the night dancing to the great musicians of the time,” and this sensational sensory sound experience is wholly reflected throughout Bar La Rampa. Feet are tapping away while diners enjoy their Cuban feasts.
No review of Bar La Rampa would be complete without touching on the divine cocktails ready to enjoy at the venue. The Hemingway special is a must – a delightful daiquiri made with Eminente Claro rum, grapefruit, lime and maraschino. Cuban classics are also rife, from an El President with Eminente Reserva 7yo rum, vermouth, triple sec and grenadine, to a Cuba Libre with Eminente Reserva 7yo rum, lime and coke.
The groovy bar also does a house cocktail, coined the La Rampa, with Ketel One vodka, lemon verbena, Suze and soda. Feeling thirsty? Can’t blame you! Mr. Marcis Dzelzainis is the mastermind behind the pours, and he’s worked with the likes of Tony Conigliaro at 69 Colebrooke Row and Ryan Chetiyawardana at Dandelyan in the past.
The overall take away from Bar La Rampa is that it’s a vibrant must-visit with a penchant for experimentation, from the fine fare and tipples to the artwork on the walls and the live music drifting through the air.
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✔️ Overall Rating – 8/10
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