(saving) on expenses - Vinoteca, London W1

Reviewer: Peter Chipchase, director, John Doe

What is it good for?

This Spanish-inspired wine bar is a great addition to Soho's lunching scene, with its relaxed atmosphere and super-friendly staff. It is the place to go for amazing wine from independent producers, with food that is simple, hearty and excellent value. The corner tables upstairs are a great place to chat.

Signature dish

Grilled marinated bavette steak, watercress, horseradish and chips. Also try potted pork, cornichons and toast, freshly baked bread, cured meats, and not forgetting the wine.

Who's the boss?

Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares.

Tips please

The menu changes regularly so it is always worth a revisit to try something new. There are wine recommendations with each dish, but asking your waiter for other choices will reveal some hidden gems on the list. Every Monday night in September and October you can bring an empty bottle of wine and they will replace it with a full bottle.

What's the damage?

Starters are £6-£8, main courses £10-£18 and desserts £4-£5.

Vinoteca, 53-55 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9SH. 020 3544 7411.

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