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.
Our traditional tapas bar was one of the first of its kind introducing the culture of tapas to the UK and it has since become the home of authentic Spanish food in London.
Our cuisine is based on traditional recipes using the finest market ingredients to create a menu that showcases the true food of Spain. From tempting picoteos (nibbles), to classic and seasonal tapas (small plates), to sharing plates of artisan charcuterie and farmhouse cheeses we strive to showcase the incredible produce of Spain that we love. We recommend our “arroz negro”, a tapa of silky squid ink rice with crispy squid and alioli.
Our drinks menu is a celebration of the impeccable wines, sherries and beers of Spain – we’re constantly curating our list to feature beloved traditional tipples and upcoming bodegas and producers.
Take a seat on our terrace and watch the world of Borough Market go by, caña in hand, or enjoy the bustle of our open kitchen and dining room. We serve a Spanish breakfast all week, our Brindisa Breakfast, a sharing plate of chorizo, eggs, fried potato and other goodies, is a thing of Borough Market legend.
We do not take bookings at London Bridge.
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
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|Venue name:||Tapas Brindisa London Bridge||Contact:|
18-20 Southwark Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 10am-11.30pm (breakfast 10-11am; cold tapas only 11am-noon & 4-5.30pm). Sat 9am-11.30pm (breakfast 9-11am; cold tapas only 11am-noon & 4-5.30pm). Sun 10am-10pm (breakfast 10-11.30am; hot tapas from noon).|
|Transport:||Tube: London Bridge tube/rail|
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