The great thing about tapas is that you can have as many or as little dishes as you want. A snack was needed to tie me over so a couple of things were ordered at Lateral.
The Funghi Porcini Croquette had a creamy mushroom filling and it was not greasy even though it was fried. The Spanish Tortilla was a lot bigger than expected as the staff had said that it was a small portion. Sliced potato was sandwiched between the egg and it was served warm. There was a soft texture to the filling of the tortilla and it came with some bread. Both tapas dishes were full of flavour. Each dish was brought out when it was done so the items came at different times.
Lateral had a real lively buzz to it. There were so many staff constantly bringing out dish after dish. Even the front of house staff in their suits and ties cleared up the tables and helped keep the restaurant clean. There is a bar area and like with most tapas places, there was the option to dine at the bar. The plaza hosts the seating outdoors. It would have been lovely to sit out in the plaza but there was a long wait for these tables.
The staff and service at Lateral were great and they did not rush any of their diners. They had the menu translated into English. On each table, there was a buzzer which you could use to get the bill or call a member of staff. Long tables, low lighting, huge pictures on the teal walls and a pretty butterfly ceiling fan was the dining area. There was also an additional area to the restaurant on the lower level.
Lateral is a very popular place in the Plaza de Santa Ana with its delicious tapas and a great atmosphere.
Lateral, Plaza de Santa Ana 12, 28012, Madrid, Spain