Tendido Cero

Restaurants, Spanish South Kensington
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Tendido Cero

Part of the three-tiered tapas empire on the corner of Old Brompton Road, Tendido Cero is the mid-market companion to Capote y Toros’s informal sherry and tapas bar and the fancier Cambio de Tercio across the road. This venue distinguishes itself by having the formality of white tablecloths and good Spanish service, yet a more relaxed and innovative menu that also remains faithful to the old favourites. Bright pink and sandy coloured decor – bordered in fine weather by the open frontage and tables on the pavement – imbues the restaurant with a genuine Mediterranean feel.

Chorizo in northern Spanish cider, and prawns in garlic butter were both classics done very well; the prawns especially had a soft infusion of garlic flavours through a rich butter sauce, which turned a simple crustacean into something sublime. Asturian fabada was lighter than the traditional recipe, but the waiter explained that the kitchen has tailored the dish to the tastes of its west London market over the years. The epic wine list is inspiring and intimidating in equal measure; organised by region, it opens with a map of the Iberian peninsula to help you navigate it.



Venue name: Tendido Cero
Address: 174 Old Brompton Road
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-3pm; 6.30-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-3pm, 6.30-11.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Gloucester Road or South Kensington
Price: Tapas £4-£14
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I just went to Spain twice last month but that won’t stop me from having Spanish tapas again. I came here 2 weeks ago with my brother and his flatmate to enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch. 

Between the three of us, we shared the following:

  1. Traditional Spanish Omelette – A typical dish to have for tapas, this was a good choice to share because it tends to be quite dense. I liked that it came in a small size to begin with, unlike the portions I encountered when in Spain! This tasted rather average, not the most exciting compared to the other dishes we ordered so I probably wouldn’t order this again if I came back.
  2. 100% Iberico Pork Ham – How could this not be good? This did notdisappoint! The meat was sliced thinly and into bite-sized pieces, making it easy to share out, eat, and to consume with the bite-sized breadsticks that came with it. The ham wasn’t too salty, very tasty, and not too oily either!
  3. Patatas Bravas – I actually didn’t try any of this when I was in Spain because I thought it was a pretty normal dish to have – essentially the Spanish version of fried potatoes really. This version was quite cute because they were shaped like mini hash browns and filled with garlic mayonnaise and a spicy sauce. I liked that they were bite-sized too so it was easy to pop into your mouth and to taste the different flavours from each component.
  4. Galican Octopus – Another typical Spanish tapas dish, this was done really well in my opinion. The octopus meat was so tender and juicy! It was flavoured beautifully with sweet paprika, which gave it a nice sweetness and kick, and was served with pieces of fried potatoes. It was a generous serving and shared out well among us three.
  5. Garlic Prawns – I love this tapas dish! I adore prawns in general so this is always a win for me. It actually came out last and after we’d finish most of our tapas but for good reason! It was still steaming when it reached our table and was executed well too.
  6. Padron Peppers – I like this tapas because it isn’t a meat nor seafood and is typically quite light and easy to appreciate. As normal, it is served with sea salt sprinkled on top, which helps to bring out the natural flavours of the peppers. I liked that these particular ones were small enough to each be bite-sized.
  7. Ham & Béchamel Croquettes – This had to be one of the yummiest tapas we ordered. They were shaped well into circular balls and all bite-size, filled with a creamy cheese and ham centre, and had a delicious taste! It wasn’t too salty from the ham nor was it too creamy or cheesy from the béchamel. They were fried well too, as the exterior was golden and crispy.
  8. Sardines and tomatoes on toast – I liked that this was light and fresh, which was a nice change from the dense potato dishes and grilled seafood. The sardines were not too fishy in taste nor too salty and paired well with the fresh crushed tomatoes underneath. One serving came with three pieces, which was perfect for us and each piece was a decent size – enough to have a good taste of the toast, the sardines, and the tomatoes but not too large to overload the palette and stomach.

Of course we ordered a jug of Sangria to go along with our meal because what else would we have when it’s summer and we’re having Spanish tapas? This too was made well – I could taste the alcohol and the wine separately and it was served ice cold. However, they served their version with slices of lemon and lime instead of the usual fruit. This didn’t change the taste of the drink but I did find that unique.

The service was good too, our waiter helped us to judge whether what we ordered was enough (and it was!) and the food didn’t take long to arrive after we ordered (except for the prawns, which came out much later). We were seated at a nice table right by the entrance so we got a good amount of natural lighting while still remaining under the shade of their roof.

I’d definitely recommend coming here for Spanish tapas, if you’re in the mood for something authentic and not too expensive. It’s definitely not cheap but nor is it ridiculously pricey.

I don't noramally write reviews but on this occassion I feel I have to. It has been a very long time since I had staff rushing us to finish our meal, the way they had, unpleasant is understatment, the ironic thing is that 12.5% service charge is added to the bill. If you throw customers out because you need the table (apparently there are two seatings time) do not have the face to add the service charge! food was good but for those prices you may experience the real thing and go to Spain!

Pretty good food but similar to others' experiences regarding the service and the price - very expensive for what it is, and they're way to keen to get rid of you once you're finished. I had my glass literally taken from my hand as I finished it, which is poor service anywhere, let along at the prices they charge. I love Spanish food and most of what we had was good, but the service was unpleasant and to be honest it's not worth it.

I reserved a table at Cambio de Tercio and got even a call back to confirm my reservation from Cambio de Tercio phone number. When we turned up, I was told that I was confuing myself because my reservation was at Tendido Cero, so they sent us across the road (the restaurants are part of the same company). This is extremely unprofessional and enough to put me off but being with friends from outside London I did not want to ruin our night out. The tapas at Tendido Cero were greasy, heavy and extra-salty. The "new" patatas bravas are an insult to this simple great dish of Spanish tradition...why cover individual weird shaped potatoes with what was probably supposed to be an aioli but in reality was a heavy scoop of mayonese? Paprika was barely there...the worse interpretation ever of a classic. The only good thing was the wine, they have a good list. If you must go to these joints on Old Brompton Road, just have a glass at Capote y Toro and avoid the food, it's definitely not worth.

marvellous food and service , the new patatas bravas the prawns the whole thing from the young attentive waiters to the pimento padron was superb

Excellent food, but... Never have I encountered staff so eager to evict their customers after payment. Shame, as the experience before then had been enjoyable and the menu imaginative.

The food is not bad, but seriously overpriced, especially as they are prone to "boost" the bill by adding extra food abd extra wine. This has happened to me twice in a week in the same restaurant (a bit strange to be a one off error), also I made it aware to the manger, and he told me NOT TO GO THERE EVER AGAIN. And I will follow his suggestion, as this is London and there are more restaurants than people, so if this is the attitude that they have managed to grow over the 9 years of business, I don't want to imagine how they cook the food.