Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

Restaurants, Spanish Shoreditch
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Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch
Venue says Weekend rice brunch. We’ve created a menu featuring five speciality rice dishes and pairing cocktails, served with pan con tomate and salad.

Shoreditch branch of the tapas mini-chain.

The original Brindisa, on the outskirts of Borough Market, might remain a bustling (aka chaotically over-popular) beacon for small-plate scoffing, but the tapas micro-chain’s refurbed Shoreditch outpost is a nicer place to be. It’s a lofty space, cod-industrial but warmly tiled, with a busy bar-kitchen, crammed wine racks and hams hung aloft. A rear dining room is clattery and tightly packed but atmospheric.

And the food? Reliable. Brindisa, once groundbreaking, isn’t really competing with Spanish titans like Barrafina and José these days. But the things it does well, it does very well indeed. This is most evident in the menu’s simpler fare. Ham and cheese croquettes – a litmus test for any self-respecting tapas joint – were perfect little béchamel bombs. Chorizo de Léon was essentially an open version of the Brindisa market stall’s chorizo sandwich, a simple layering of good ingredients – just oily, piquant sausage, piquillo peppers, rocket and chewy bread. A larger dish of baked eggs, sobrasada and potatoes, mushed up table-side, was equally warming. Less successful were the winking riffs on increasingly tired food trends: a slider-size burger of sausage, morcilla and mushroom mayonnaise was a one-note whack of salt and little else. Cutting-edge it ain’t, but stick to the classics – from boquerones to padron peppers – and you won’t go far wrong.

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Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch says
Though brunch is becoming increasingly trendy across Spain, there’s still only one type of dish that still takes prevalence for weekend feasting and that’s rice.

Pans are plonked on tables and devoured with good booze and great company. We’ve decided to bring the weekend rice culture of Spain to Brindisa Shoreditch.

Inspired by our travels from Cádiz to Catalonia, Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch is all about Mediterranean coastal dining.

From our Barcelona styled curved bar, watch the bustle of our open kitchen, vermouth in hand, or venture out to our heated courtyard to enjoy one of our rice dishes.

Open until late, enjoy a late dinner or some drinks with your friends!

Share your love for tapas with us: @brindisa @brindisaspanishfoods #brindisa #tapasbrindisa #brindisashoreditch
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By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch
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Address: 152 Curtain Rd
London
EC2A 3AT
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-12.30pm; Sun 11am-11pm. Lunch served Mon-Fri 11am-4pm; Brunch served Sat-Sun 11am–4pm
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Sophia M
tastemaker

I was very excited to go to Brindisa as the menu sounded great and I love their Borough Market store with authentic and delicious products. Unfortunately, their Shoreditch branch was a big disappointment.


Let’s start with the positives. For starters, the atmosphere is great, especially on a Friday night. It’s more informal and we were seated on bar stools right in front of the open kitchen which we loved. It is a great setting for drinks and tapas, which is exactly what we were after. The place is vibrant, the staff is very friendly and the cocktails are great! We went for Negronis and they were delicious - at Brindisa they add thyme to their Negronis which is a very nice and tasty little touch.


But the food.. The food was unfortunately the big let down of the evening. Out of the several different things we ordered we only really enjoyed their Tortilla Espanola, which was delicious. Their Huevos Rotos (broken eggs and potatoes with soppressata) were not nice at all, almost not even seasoned and very oily. Then we went for a delicious sounding plate, Berenjenas con miel, which is aubergine, chestnut honey and pine nuts. This was so bad we sent it back - not because we didn’t like the taste of it but because it was poorly executed. The deep fried pieces of aubergine were so oily and soft, not crunchy at all. In addition to that they were completely flavourless, so if I was blind tasting it I would honestly not know what I was eating! Another plate that disappointed us was the Presa Iberica (Ibérico pork presa shoulder, sweet potato mash, confit onions). This was not more than three thinly sliced and small pieces of pork with a side of sweet potato puree. Again, we found the plate to be completely flavourless, which is a shame as Iberico pork usually has the best smoky and complex flavour. All in all I don’t think I would go back for food there or recommend it to anyone else.

Kateryna V
Tastemaker

We came for lunch on a Thursday. The place was almost empty, but this shouldn't put you off. I've seen it fill up on weekend nights, which is no surprise given the prime location in Curtain Road. It's a spacious, airy and well lit restaurant. There's a cafe like space at the entrance (quite a few people lingered there waiting for their take away food or just having a quick bocadillo) and a heated terrace at the back. The service was a bit slow and they forgot about the glass of rosado I've ordered. But that was easy to forgive as the food was well executed and presented, arrived promptly and tasted nice. It's not the best tapas I've had in London (Barrafina in Soho is unbeatable if you ask me), but we've had 5 tapas between the two of us and left feeling satisfied. We shared pardon peppers, boquerones (Cantabrian anchovies), a seasonal salad of fennel and radishes (a huge serving at £6.75), squid with potatoes and chorizo on sourdough bread. The total bill for all that and a glass of rosado came at just under £50 (including 12.5% service). I felt like it was a good value as the portions were rather generous for tapas.

Miggler

I was looking forward to dining here as I really enjoyed a meal at Brindisa by Borough Market - unfortunately this restaurant is nothing like what I expected. The patata bravas sauce was bland except for what tasted like mayonnaise. All the dishes were poor with the exception of the gambas al ajillo which was well cooked (hence one star!). To top it all off, the tonic in my g&t was flat and when I asked for another I was given another flat one! Total rip off.

Laura B
tastemaker

I was taken here by a Spanish friend, who assures me the food is authentic. Everything was delicious - particular highlights were the garlic and chilli prawns and the Spanish omelette. Cocktails are slightly cheaper during happy hour early evening, and all delicious, and the barman made a special non-alcoholic drink for my pregnant friend - also delicious! Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, especially with regard advice for previously mentioned pregnant friend. It is a bit pricey but totally worth it.

Andrew Queen

A joke a shadow of what a tapas bar should be, it is a tourist trap, over priced and the food and wine are dreadful.

Michael Hendricks

Not good. I grew up in spain, so I know a little about tapas. The menu here is very boring. where are the southern classics? No almejas, no Pil-Pil, no Calamari, and many more absentees. Portions are also tiny and its VERY expensive. I've given it the benefit of the doubt and been 3 times. Each time i have left disappointed, everything could be so much better