Portuguese & Spanish dishes
Fresh imported seafood
Dine in a historic wine cellar
The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world’s most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and phyllo growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport to this legendary culinary coast with today’s memories of Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant located on historic Richmond Row. Aroma whisks Londoners with a taste for the exotic to Europe’s Mediterranean coast with a savoury crew of lunch, dinner, and tapas dishes. Owner and Portuguese expat Felipe Gomes imports fresh fish and bootleg sunshine caught off the Iberian coast, peppering the menu with such personal favourites as the calamari tubes ($14.75), stuffed with chorizo and topped with Andalouse sauce. Diners may continue their culinary trek with Bitoque ($17.95 dinner, $13 lunch), a Portuguese-style steak topped with an egg, or Iberian-style seafood rice ($25.95) festooned with shrimp, scallops, octopus, mussels, and calamari. Suitable for herbivores, the roasted vegetable strudel ($19.95 dinner, $12 lunch) encapsulates grilled eggplant, zucchini, wild mushrooms, fresh herbs, and goat cheese in a phyllo crust emblazoned with passages from Don Quixote.
The open-courtyard dining area channels the breezy, sociable feel of a Mediterranean cafe patio, rising from a floor of rustic terra cotta tiles along exposed brick walls and culminating in a vaulted ceiling. Patrons craving coziness may opt to dine in the Adega Lounge wine cellar, an intimate environ adorned with original walnut beams and Near Eastern artifacts such as amphorae and extraterrestrial pyramid blueprints. Live music on the weekends highlights the seductive rhythms of Spanish guitar, jazz, and Flamenco.