UK Diners Deserve More Authentic Cuisine Says Leading Spanish Restaurateur

A report released earlier this month indicates that ethnic cuisine restaurants are failing to provide Brits with authentic dishes and value for money when dining out.

Off the back of the research, renowned Spanish Jamón & Tapas Bar Mas Q Menos has launched a new range of authentic, modestly priced, tapas dishes at its UK restaurants.

The report, which was prepared by market research firm Mintel, states that many of us still think of eating out as a treat and so look for real value for money from restaurants.

Mas Q Menos serves Spanish cuisine and operates over 30 restaurants across Spain and the UK.  Its Managing Director, Crisol Cacheiro, agrees with the findings of the report and says that UK restaurants serving world cuisine need to be authentic if they are to stand out:  “Eating out should be a real experience”, he says.  “Diners deserve to be served high quality, exciting dishes which are a genuine reflection of the food served in the native country.  We also believe that good food shouldn’t cost the earth and we’re passionate about encouraging more people to try native Spanish cuisine”.

“It’s actually quite difficult to find really good Tapas outside Spain”, says the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Albert Teres, who has prepared Spanish dishes in professional kitchens for over 20 years.  “Tapas are a great way to sample new dishes and flavours relatively cheaply, so I have personally put together an exciting range from a number of regions across Spain”.

The Mintel report also reveals that the Brits’ love of spicy food appears to be on the wane.

“For too long, many restaurants have masked unappetising dishes with strong spices”, Albert explains.  “Diners are becoming much more knowledgeable about their food and certainly from our perspective, the focus always has been, and will continue to be, on simply offering the best quality ingredients in our dishes”.

The Mas Q Menos authentic tapas selection features over a dozen dishes, priced from £4.50.  In addition to the usual favourites such as Patatas Bravas, it includes less well-known but delicious offerings including Manchego Style Ratatouille with Egg, and Galician-Style Octopus.

Situated at 272 High Holborn and 68-70 Wardour Street, the restaurants are open throughout the day.

For further information contact the Holborn restaurant on 020 7831 3940 or the Soho restaurant on 020 7287 3773 or visit