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Tapas Brindisa London Bridge

Restaurants, Spanish Borough Market
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

Details

Address: 18-20 Southwark Street
London
SE1 1TJ
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100
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Users say (25)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:9
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:4
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Tastemaker

I have eaten at both the original Borough site and at the South ken restaurant and it is hard to believe that they are part of the same team. At the borough site you feel like you are getting food made with authentically sourced ingredients, whereas the south ken site feels more a kin to a tapas chain restaurant, the food is nice enough just not in the same league. So in conclusion if you are going to eat at Tapas Brindisa make it at Borough.

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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:)

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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.

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Love this place, great food and great setting 5/5

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Excellent, their modern take on tapas is unlike anything else I have sampled in the city

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

tastemaker

This place hasn’t had the recognition is deserves being tucked behind buzzing borough market. They present all the classic tapas you could ask for but manage to give the old ‘patatas bravas’ and ‘jamon croquet’ a new zing. Their wine selection is extensive and a little intimidating to the amateur, but ask any of the staff there and they’ll be able to recommend something wonderful to go with the food you’ve ordered. Pick a window seat, do some people watching and enjoy letting the world go by.

Tastemaker

Perfect location close to Borough market and good Spanish-style food. I love tapas and Brindisa is a good place in Cental London to have them, not too pricey, not too touristy and quite authentic. I have only visited this branch of the Brindisa chain, but from what I've heard it's the best and the only one you should try! I love going there and then ending my evening with a pleasant stroll along the Thames.


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.

Tastemaker

There's arguably nothing better than dining alfresco in one of the loveliest spots in central London, soaking up the first of the fast-approaching Summer sun. With Borough Market still buzzing just around the corner from this branch of Tapas Brindisa it isn't half up against stiff foodie competition but after a long old day of touring the relatives around London's best bits it was about time for a hard-earned seat and a bottle of bubbly. 

I generally void eating tapas out as I have almost always found it to be totally sub-standard to my Spanish experiences and incredibly overpriced. I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the authentic flavours and combinations that found their way to our table dish by dish and although the bill of course began to add up that was due in part to our ordering seconds of all of our favourite plates. I cannot recommend the Arroz Negro enough, nor the Croquetas de Jamon, nor the current seasonal special which was our surprise favourite - chickpeas with spinach & black pudding. The Albondigas were fantastic and Gambas al Ajillo arrived sizzling and left the most divine dipping dish for our leftover bread. 

I'll admit that I'm impressed that a chain restaurant could pull it out of the bag and go some way toward changing my opinion about tapas outside of Spain, or the family kitchen for that matter. It's definitely worth a trip!

tastemaker

 I guess I am lucky living in a place where I can walk to my favourite places to eat in 7 minutes. This lunch at Tapas Brindisa was a spontaneous one. A friend visiting from The Netherlands found himself free  for lunch until just before his flight back and asked where I would like to go for a little catch up. I gave him three options, the one he initially chose was closed on the day and he put his head into Brindisa and voila, they have a table for two. JUST. LIKE. THAT. With no reservations!


We ordered the perennial favourites - the Iberian Jamons and Padrone peppers, grilled with just salt and pepper and some Tapas Brindisa specialties. We were still talking about the scallops and the wild mushroom and duck egg pouche three days after the lunch.


Tapas Brindisa is nto a place where you go for a quiet evening or lunch. It is vivid, alive, social and buzzing with people who love food and ideas and are often seduced and entertained by the staff who know their food and booze. I especially adore Alex, who was waiting on us.He spotted that the sherry glass was broken when he cleared our first round and immediately arranged to take the round off the bill without us asking.


The food is delicious and when they first opened in Borough Market a few years back, groundbreaking. Fresh, cooked with precise attention to details - the scallops were brown and crisp on the outside and yet juicy and bouncy on the inside - and very tantalising to the palate.


The only reason I am not giving it a 5 star is they don't take bookings and I don't always get a place - not even for just me and that is a reason to pout. Because other than that the food is delicious, the service warm and the location is buzzing


#totastemaker


The #iberico fillets #alapancha with green and red pepper came well done instead of medium rare as per ordered but was still delicious. 
Tastemaker

Quite frankly one of the finest places for Spanish food in London, always packed in peak hours, but thankfully they have a well stocked sherry bar you can wait at before having a table. Pretty much everything on the menu is great, though keep a look out/ask for the specials, one of the best things I've had there is the large sharing Spanish steak, it wasn't cheap but the flavor was outstanding. And of course a great bonus is that just down the road you can buy their goods for the home


Great food - rustic and delicious - nice staff - great atmosphere - eating here is like being on a very good holiday

Tastemaker

This place is pretty cool. It's low maintenance London at its best. Wooden decor, tapas-y dishes, nice wine in basic glasses. It also has an enviable position being on the corner of Southwark street and basically on the doorstep of Borough Market. I've been there for breakfast - eggs on toast with a friend from uni and an evening meal - a date with an investor (of course he was) where we shared tapas. Special shout out to the meat platter which was big enough for about twenty people - just the way I like it! Nice food, nice wine, and not overly pricey. Head round Borough Market afterwards or continue your evening with drinks in the Shard which is practically next door.


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!

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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.

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Very expensive given the poor quality of the food and recipes. Patatas Bravas similar to McDonalds potatoes with ketchup Tortilla and fish overcooked

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