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.
Our menu consists of all the traditional fare; piles of flame-licked calçots ready to be stripped and dipped into romesco sauce and platters full of barbecued meats and seasonal vegetables.
It involves gathering your friends, strapping on a bib, rolling up your sleeves and getting messy… Pre-book online via our website (weekends in Feb and March, noon–5pm, £35pp).
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!
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|Venue name:||Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch||Contact:|
152-154 Curtain Road
|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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Average User Rating
2.6 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
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.
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.
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