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Tapas Brindisa

Southwark

The upsurge in Spanish food quality in London since the 1990s can in part be dated from the arrival in Borough Market of food importers Brindisa, bringing first-rate Iberian hams, cheeses and other essentials to the city almost for the first time. The firm’s showcase tapas restaurants are equally a benchmark. In early 2011, star chef José Pizarro left to start José, but we haven’t noticed any drop in standards, so you’ll still find an ideal blend of superb ingredients and refined cooking (the latter normally confined to larger dishes).

At the original Brindisa in Borough Market, ‘black rice’ (cooked with squid in its ink, with unusually fragrant aïoli) had a superbly smooth flavour, without any acridity; ham croquettes gained extra depth from the quality of the meat. Padrón peppers (Galician peppers simply fried and salted) exemplified wonderful produce being allowed to shine. The style is easy going, prices very reasonable – though inescapably higher for delicacies such as the finest Ibérico meats. Wines are sophisticated and priced accordingly.

The only drawback is that it’s often impossible to get a seat at the Borough and Soho branches, as there’s no booking; fortunately, South Ken’s Casa Brindisa does now take reservations.

Venue name: Tapas Brindisa
Contact:
Address: 18-20 Southwark Street
London
SE1 1TJ
Opening hours: Tapas served 11am-3pm, 5.30-11pm Mon-Thur; 9-11am, noon-4pm, 5.30-11pm Fri, Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Tapas £4-£12.90

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:3
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sergio s

Brindisa South Ken - Expensive that will ruin your experience: 2 beers (2 canhas) and a small bowl with 8 olives (cheap supermarket style) , 10 pounds, awful , and this included 1.11 tip to ensure the 10 pounds were indeed used up - either the barmen are crooks or they think customers are idiots. not going back.

maya torres

i was visiting before two nights magnificant tapas recomended jmaon the corcetas and chilli prawns great friendly stuff end with dream almond cake make me feel in barcelona for aminutes. highly recomended:)

Jo

Very expensive given the poor quality of the food and recipes. Patatas Bravas similar to McDonalds potatoes with ketchup Tortilla and fish overcooked

Jacqui Carter

Have never eaten at the restaurant, and would be wary after these dreadful reviews, but the chorizo/rocket roll, from the stall in the market, is nothing short of sublime.

Fin

While the quality of the food is generally good (Chorizo on toast, Gambas etc) the bill can get eyewateringly obese if you add in a decent bottle of wine. Their charcuterie plate is odiously expensive. Sorry but £95 for 6 assorted snacks and a few glasses of wine does not cut it anymore with lacklustre service and an extended wait for a table. Will not be going back.

Dr. Peter Dickens

I went to this restaurant on good recommendation. A pleasant meal was spoilt by the following- Mussels dish. Four out of twelve mussels were completely closed. We ate the eight good ones and asked the waitress about the other four. She said she would replace them. After a long wait nothing happened and when asked again she said she had spoken to the kitchen who didn't feel they needed to provide four mussels as we had eaten the other eight! I didnt want to make further fuss and embarrass my guests. I settled the £90 bill for a very light meal for three and left feeling that their lack of grace was not becoming for a restaurant in your guide. I have used your guide to locate some fantastic restaurants in London and Rome. Apart from tonight it has been spot on. Kind regards Dr. Peter Dickens

Alex

Excellent, their modern take on tapas is unlike anything else I have sampled in the city

tp

I thought the food was fantastic! Typically the spanish are known for their love of meat and typically you would not see much vegetarian food on the menu in most resaurants in spain, so I think to mark the restaurant down for this single critisism is a little unfair.

helen

Still great Brindisa food but appaling service from every single member of staff and I'm a pretty easygoing diner. Disappointed to be taking it off my list of places to eat.