Dehesa review

Dehesa’s private dining room is what Soho dining is all about. Who would’ve thought that beneath the ever-popular buzzing Spanish tapas bar is a small, discrete private dining room which has been used to host not just the usual business meetings, dinners and friends’ events but also royalty and celebrities who want to sample the group’s formidable take on tapas in less frenetic and open surrounds. The room’s black walls are lightened by a sparkling frieze featuring a Bacchanalian-style white procession of figures swinging from chandeliers and generally enjoying themselves. The velvet curtains add to the feeling of intimacy and ensure complete privacy, although the room’s entrance is down the stairs located in the main restaurant. A striking Venetian blown glass chandelier adds to the feeling of illicit decadence, as does the silver mirror and ceiling. With an L-shaped brown leather banquette forming half of the oblong seating, the room can fit up to 13 guests.

There’s no room hire or minimum spend, although the room has a minimum guest count of 6. A la carte is an option, as are £35 or £40 set menus. These can be tailored to guests’ requirements but will be based on the existing a la carte selection. As in the restaurant, the dishes come out in waves, rather than the traditional starter-main-dessert concept. Having hosted everything from hen parties, to celebratory business deals as well as the odd prince and princess, Dehesa’s private dining room is also an excellent option for a Deshesa-style take on Sunday lunch – where bespoke meals such as a rack of Iberico pork can be ordered for true Spanish family style dining.