Review on Tapas Brindisa
The name Brindisa is derived from 'brindis' – a Spanish word meaning 'to raise your glass' or 'make a toast'. It's become synonymous with woofing down hot chorizo sandwiches on Borough Market as you browse the glorious array of Iberian produce on the stalls. Not far away, is Tapas Brindisa – located in a defunct potato warehouse just five minutes from the river. Inside, it's an atmospheric, contemporary mix of concrete floors, wood panelling, mirrored walls and table mats that double as menus.
'This is as close to a truly authentic tapas bar experience as you will find in Britain', concluded Matthew Norman in The Guardian – and it's easy to see why. The menu features a mouth-watering selection of cold and hot morsels: air-cured tuna with pear and olive oil, beech-smoked mackerel, deep-fried Monte Enebro cheese with orange-blossom honey, scrambled egg with wild mushrooms, pan-fried Padrón peppers and – to finish – burnt Catalan custard.
To drink, there are endless delights on the all-Spanish wine list (including vintage Cavas from the Canals Canals family) and fine sherries in 100ml glasses. The only downside is that they don't accept bookings – so arrive early and take pot luck. Luckily, a second branch called Tierra Brindisa is now open at 46 Broadwick Street, W1 - and it takes reservations! A third outlet, Casa Brindisa, also launched recently on Exhibition Road, South Kensington.
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 10.00am (9.30am Sat & Sun) through
Dinner: 11.30pm (10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card