Time Out says
The original branch of the Tapas Brindisa mini-chain
Back in 2004, top-notch Spanish importer Brindisa hired rising star chef José Pizarro to open a tapas restaurant on the corner of Borough Market. This original site – it has since spawned branches across town – became the first place you could get a decent – but affordable – plate of proper tapas in town.
Fast-forward to present-day: Pizarro has moved on, as have many of the other original players, and the queues have calmed down (though it’s still busy), but there’s still a charm to this spot. Cracked concrete floors, upbeat pop music and wooden wine-bar furniture. It’s guaranteed fun.
As for the food, it’s mostly very good. Don’t miss the pink-middled, fatty-edged lamb chops, which you should eat alongside a plate of the excellent escalivida (a Catalan dish of grilled veg: here aubergines, peppers and slivers of pickled onions, with smears of black olive tapenade and a few green olives) and some of the moreish pan de pincel (garlic-and-herb bread). Do also get a wedge of the soft, eggy tortilla. But on a recent visit, there were two duds: calamari bulked out by being served on a stick of bread, plus a stingy, under-dressed salad of yellow courgettes.
And be prepared to wave your arms a lot. Staff are friendly, but often rushed off their feet. Go off-peak, or on a Sunday, when the market is closed.
18-20 Southwark Street
|Transport:||Tube: London Bridge tube/rail|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100|
|Do you own this business?|
Users say (25)
Average User Rating
3.4 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:9
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:4
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:)
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.
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.
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
Spanish food is all about the raw materials. Bridisa isn't.
If you can't tell the difference between green beans and Judiones, you just might have a pleasant experience.
If you want Spanish food in London and you are ready to pay up, ditch Brindisa and go to Hispania.
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.
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.
Nothing special for vegetarians here. Better to buy some food st their sister store and cook it at home for a fraction of the price.
Great food - rustic and delicious - nice staff - great atmosphere - eating here is like being on a very good holiday
Can't go wrong here. A place to sample amazing tapas and people watch. Other branches but this is my fave given the market.
Great buzzy atmosphere and ideal for a quick bite once you've made it to the front of the queue. Excellent wine list.
When you realize how busy Borough market is, you also realise its the same for Brindisa, and just like Borough you cannot book ahead, so don't make the rookie mistake of arriving late! Great stop for breakfast before shopping in Borough, I love their broken eggs breakfast, just don't be in a rush, relax, then you can enjoy!
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.
Very expensive given the poor quality of the food and recipes. Patatas Bravas similar to McDonalds potatoes with ketchup Tortilla and fish overcooked
Snap up exclusive discounts in London
Time Out's handpicked deals — hurry, they won't be around for long...