Galicia is a Spanish restaurant at the top of Portobello Road in the heart of a Spanish community so we were expecting good things. However what we experienced was the complete opposite and the whole evening was a total disappointment.
The staff were very non-attentive and at times down right rude. When we arrived we were shown to a small table beside the kitchen door at the back of the restaurant and told that as there were only 2 of us we could not sit anywhere else despite the fact the restaurant was almost empty - even when we left it still remained less than half full. When we were served it was in a very rushed, impatient manner, which made us leave as soon as we had finished our meal.
We had to wait ages to order any food - and when it came we could only have it in dribs and drabs, as the table wasn't big enough to accommodate all the dishes. It was very obvious when it came that some of it had been sitting in the kitchen getting cold. To be fair the garlic mushrooms and the patatas bravas were good but the calamari and the mussels were the worst we have ever tasted. The calamari was tasteless and rubbery - it had clearly been overcooked and the mussels were miniscule and dried out.
The chorizo was average tasting but also dried out and tough, whilst the wilted salad seemed to have been left over from the night before. The bread was stale and the wine (not the cheapest bottle on offer) was awful and in fact we didn't finish it - now that's a first!!
It is a shame as we had heard good things about this restaurant and we have eaten in many tapas bars, but we could certainly not recommend Galicia to anyone. It was bad enough that the food was not up to scratch but the service was appalling. On our restaurant rating it gets a mere 2/10 and that's being generous. We shall be querying 'Time Out's' recommended signs in the window, as this is one of the reasons we decided to try this place, as usually their ratings are spot on.