Decor at the Soho branch of Brindisa feels more than a little chain-like: understated and functional, with dark wood furnishings and deep red walls. But this is noticeable only during quiet periods, of which there are few, and is merely a backdrop to the consistently enticing and well-executed menu.
A lunchtime ‘platter’ for two showcased what’s still great about Brindisa tapas, yielding a selection of well-balanced dishes featuring superb ingredients and demonstrating a pleasing avoidance of the standard-issue stodgy or deep-fried fare of many a tapas bar. Our seven dishes included excellent ham croquetas (smooth creamy filling with tender morsels of ham, encased in a crisp exterior); zesty leaves, flecked with walnuts and nutty manchego; and a round of morcilla topped with sweet caramelised onions and roasted peppers. This added up to generous amount of food, and an extra dish of lightly fried monte enebro cheese drizzled with honey was superb, but entirely superfluous.
Brindisa deserves its continuous footfall and always seems to come up with the goods, be it for an informal lunch or a smart dinner date.
|Venue name:||Tapas Brindisa Soho||Contact:|
46 Broadwick Street
|Opening hours:||Tapas served noon-10.45pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.45pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Tapas £1.50-£21.50. Meal for two with wine and service: around £80|
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It's such a shame that I have to write this... I have been a regular customer of Brindisa Soho for several years now. The food is tasty, the wine good and the atmosphere is always fun. However on my last visit my phone managed to make its way from my pocket to the kitchen. I would never have found it there if it weren't for the "find my phone" app ringing out an alarm. Whilst nothing could be proven and the staff excuses could be fully justified I would recommend if you do go there that you keep a very close eye on your possessions. The manager changed recently and the difference in staff quality is clear to see it must be said.
Be careful - they are very pushy and will recommend you the most expensive wine! We were a bit flustered and hadn't even had a chance to look at the wine menu when the waitress came over - she recommended one that was 'very popular and lots of people order it'. We said yes, then found out later it was a £42 bottle of wine... our mistake, certainly, but it is quite a sneaky trick. One waiter was also rude when they brought us the wrong dish. We didn't know what anything was meant to look like, so we gave it an experimental poke - then the waiter came over and said angrily, 'You didn't order that did you?' 'Um...?' 'Well, you've touched it now so I can't take it back!' Made us feel like naughty schoolchildren! It's a shame because the food was really nice, but the staff pretty much spoiled the experience.