Working as I have done for the past ten years in the music industry, it's important to know somewhere great for lunch that's easy to get to from either side of town. As most of my media contacts are either in the east end, the West End or in west London - and pretty much all of the major record companies are over that way too - El Pirata is the perfect location.
I'm normally lunching with music journalists, artist managers or artists who can easily navigate their way there, situated as it is just off Park Lane and just a stone's throw from the showbiz landmark that is the Met Bar.
The restaurant attracts a unique blend of Mayfair businessmen and informed music and media types, as well as the occasional 'in the know' celebrity, who come to dine on exquisite tapas and fine wine in a relaxed atmosphere over two floors.
It is the restaurant of choice for the chefs from Nobu, who come here for their late-night supper after work. Choose from traditional tapas fare, including the unbelievable Mar y Tierra (prawns in olive oil, pimentos and wild mushrooms), the amazing pimentos di padron (fried green peppers) and the tortilla (Spanish omelette with potatoes and onion).
Pricewise, El Pirata is a rare central London gem that offers truly excellent food that won't cost you the Earth.
Where: 5-6 Down Street, Mayfair, W1
Contact: 0207 491 3810
How much: £25 a head