Morada Brindisa Asador

Restaurants, Spanish Chinatown
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Morada Brindisa Asador
Venue says Weekend roast – delve into a succulent Castilian slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with all the traditional trimmings. Sun-Sat, 12noon-5pm.

A spin-off of the acclaimed Spanish mini-chain specialising in slow-roasted meats such as whole suckling pig.

Brindisa began as an importer of quality Spanish ingredients in the late 1980s, but its founders later segued into hospitality, launching the first of their small chain of tapas restaurants in Borough Market in 2004. This latest branch is the first to shift focus from tapas to cooked meats – roasts, grills, and slow-cooked braises – in a modern take on the Spanish asador.

The large, low-lit dining room is handsomely designed, with colourful Moorish floor tiles, copper light fittings, and a central marble-topped bar-cum-kitchen. The visceral experience of a traditional asador has been somewhat sanitised: unlike at, say, Ember Yard, here your senses aren't arrested by the smell of meat. Also, unlike in Spain, no whole animals grace the menu, just specific cuts of suckling pig and milk-fed lamb. Dishes are hearty in style, but presentation is self-consciously rustic, with braises brought to the table in mini cauldrons.

Chistorra ‘fritters’ made a memorable first impression, presented as beer-battered chorizo on sticks in a light-hearted Iberian take on American corn dogs. Grilled lamb chops – served with excellent chickpeas – were tender, though not juicy or well-seasoned enough to be finger-licking (many of the dishes needed an extra pinch of salt). Plump marinated sardines had moist, firm meat that worked well in a kale salad.

Dessert was also good – goats-cheese cheesecake topped with the faintest of burnt-sugar crusts contrasted sweet and tart notes. The all-Spanish wine list offers variety and clear descriptions, and almost everything is available by the glass.

It was early days when we visited, and we do hope the waiters’ VIP treatment of every diner continues as the restaurant gets busier. For now, although Morada breaks new ground for Brindisa, the kitchen plays it safe, with predictably good results. 

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Morada Brindisa Asador says
In the heart of London’s theatreland Morada Brindisa is centred around the Castilian-Leonese tradition of roasting and stewing meats, seafood and vegetables in an ‘asador’ – a vast wood fired oven.

Escape the crowds and take a seat at our 360-degree tapas bar and kitchen.

Share your love for tapas with us: @brindisa @brindisaspanishfoods #brindisa #moradabrindisa
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By: Nicola Arencibia

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Venue name: Morada Brindisa Asador
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Address: Morada Brindisa
18-20 Rupert Street
London
W1D 6DE
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5-11.30pm; Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-4pm
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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Luisa G
Tastemaker

Not too noisy, reasonably price and decent food. I would return.

Laura B
Tastemaker

Visited with 6 friends and got seated at a round table in the window. Was perfect for a group conversation and noise levels (or lack of) meant we could all hear one another without shouting which doesn't happen too often as many places have such terrible acoustics. Service was good, menu is great, food is perfection and every dish sounds tempting so it was hard to narrow down our selection, but the beauty of tapas is you order a couple each and all share everything. Was pleasantly surprise by the octopus and the lamb chops (don't usually like either but these were fab) and at the end of it all it was a very reasonable cost for how full we all felt. All 7 of us were impressed and we shall return. 

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)
Tastemaker

Great looking restaurant with friendly service. The flavours on our cheese board wasn't very varied. The roast leg of lamb was good but I could have done with more potatoes and gravy. I would like to come back again with a large group of friends so we can order more dishes from the menu but mostly because the passion fruit mojito was just too dreamy.

hurljy

I had a really nice time when I came to this restaurant. The staff and the service were both fantastic; our waiter was so attentive and helpful in advising us about the menu.


The food - whilst not the nest tapas in London - was delicious, and there are some really clever twists on modern dishes (try the Spanish fish fingers!)


Overall a very nice evening and I would definitely go back again.

J W

Lovely restaurant.. absolutely loved the food. Great service.. the grilled meats are a must try.