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.
No booking required!
Tapas Brindisa London Bridge operates a waiting list when the restaurant is full. There is a bar area where you can wait and be served drinks and snacks. For those who are concerned about waiting, our sister restaurant Tramontana Brindisa in Shoreditch does take reservations, either online or by telephone. Call us on 020 7749 9961.
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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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