Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2009

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  • To save 30% on the new 'Time Out Eating & Drinking 2010' guide, just visit the Time Out shop

    Best New Restaurant | Best New Italian | Best New Cheap Eats | Best New Gastropub | Best New Bar | Best New Local Restaurant | Best New Café | Best New Design | Best Spanish Restaurant | Best Spanish Wine List

    Best Spanish Restaurant


    In association with Wines from Spain

    • Photo for WINNER: Lola Rojo

      WINNER: Lola Rojo

      78 Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 6QL

      Short-listed for ‘Best Local Restaurant’ in our 2007 awards, Lola Rojo has never been short of (well deserved) accolades. Success bred a sister establishment at Wandsworth Bridge Road in 2008, which shares the clean, contemporary look of this Northcote Road original. Yet Lola Rojo doesn’t favour style over substance, as a perusal of the menu proves. Its assured, creative combos of well-sourced Spanish ingredients are put together with the confidence that characterises Spain’s resurgent cooking – what’s become known as cocina nueva (‘new cuisine’). There’s the odd flirtation with trendy foams, as in grilled octopus with roast potatoes and onion with saffron foam, but there are plenty of well rendered, updated classic dishes too, such as fabada (bean stew) with butter beans, chorizo and pancetta or artichokes with Serrano ham and romesco sauce. The rice dishes, particularly the swoon-worthy black rice, cooked with squid ink, and spiked with squid, saffron and all i oli, a garlicky mayonnaise-like sauce, are not to be missed. The concise, all-Spanish wine list is chosen with care. Service is charming and knowledgeable and the food served with obvious pride, at prices that appeal to all wallets. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Tapas Brindisa

    18-20 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TJ

    There’s a reason the bar is packed and there’s a queue for tables: this place expertly captures the spirit and flavour of Spain. Tapas are based on quality ingredients from parent company and Spanish fine food importer Brindisa; assemblies of imported charcuterie (including top quality Joselito ham), fish and cheese are excellent, as are cooked dishes such as ajo blanco (chilled almond and garlic soup) and sautéed chicken livers with capers. A justly popular Borough Market institution. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Cambio de Tercio

    163 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW5 0LJ

    The cooking at Cambio de Tercio is bold, daring and accomplished. Banish thoughts of staid Iberian offerings when dining here and prepare yourself for updated classics-with-a-twist such as gazpacho with a dollop of cherry ice cream or foie gras with Manchego cheese-flavoured foam. The tapas-sized dishes are the best way to graze from the menu. The dining room is colourful yet plush and service effortlessly smooth. A class act all round. Read more

  • RUNNER UP: Fino

    33 Charlotte Street, entrance on Rathbone Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR

    A grown-up restaurant with a glamorous tapas bar, meticulously run by hispanophile brothers Sam and Eddie Hart. The appealing menu cherry-picks dishes from all over Spain, from Galician-style octopus to Andalusian mojama (wind-dried tuna loin). Offerings change regularly – look out for daily specials as well as seasonal Spanish ingredients – and the cooking is refined, sticking largely to classic, well rendered flavour combinations. Read more

To save 30% on the new 'Time Out Eating & Drinking 2010' guide, just visit the Time Out shop Best New Restaurant | Best New Italian | Best New Cheap Eats | Best New Gastropub | Best New Bar | Best New Local Restaurant | Best New Café | Best New Design | Best Spanish Restaurant | Best Spanish Wine ListIn association with Wines from Spain

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