We’re fans of this independent Catalonian restaurant and deli, and are pleased to see one of Liverpool ONE’s rare indies scooping the award.
Last time we visited, though, we didn’t like the huge plasma screen glaring out disaster scenes from BBC News 24. That’s not conducive to relaxed dining (what happened to the live shots from the kitchen?). And, if we’re honest, the Take That! soundtrack made us pine even for a touch of the Gypsy Kings. And we never thought we’d say that.
If we’re honest, we always feel that Lunya is an excellent deli with an OK restaurant attached. Certainly, its charcuterie, cheeses and cold plates are way more accomplished than its hot dishes: our Jamon Croquetas were an unappealing mush, we’re sorry to say. But we can’t fault their selection of ‘from the deli’ dishes.
You certainly won’t find a harder working team than owner Peter Kinsella and co, and the service is always friendly, and we really wish Lunya well.
So it’s a qualified well done from us. But, with hot competition from our favourite tapas restaurant, Salthouse Tapas, just around the corner, we’d say the future’s bright for Liverpool-meets-Seville cuisine around these parts.