I’m forever looking for the best tapas place in London (although I’m by no means an expert, just an enthusiast!), and I’ve tried quite a few places in London from mediocre (I’m looking at you Mas Q Menos) to amazing (Boqueria). And now, after visiting Brindisa Tapas in Soho, I’ve got a new contender for my number one spot.
Brindisa is a small group of Spanish restaurants with locations in Rupert Street, Borough Market, Shoreditch, South Kensington, and, of course, Soho. I have wanted to visit their Soho restaurant as long as I can remember, but due to their no-bookings policy (although I have now learned that they do actually take bookings until 6pm!) I never did because I was worried about all the possible queuing. Now, I’m not sure how long these queues get, but after my amazing experience there on my birthday, I’m definitely more than happy to wait in line a bit to eat there again…
The Soho restaurant is quite small, but they have managed to squeeze in quite a few seats without it feeling rammed. We were seated on bar stools by the open kitchen, where we could watch the talented chefs at work (I loved sitting here!). The restaurant has two rooms, with the back room (where we were seated) being slightly lighter due to its big ceiling windows, and the front room a bit darker and maybe a bit more atmospheric.
We started off with cocktails – me with the Paloma Primavera with tequila and blood orange juice, and my boyfriend with Blanco Picante with gin and elderflower. Both were really refreshing and perfect for the very hot day that it was – I wish I could have one now actually as I’m not coping so well with this heat..!
They had two types of bread at Brindisa and we, of course, ordered one of each to share. The first was a toasted bread with garlic, herbs and olive oil and it was SO tasty. Especially when you got to the middle bits with all the garlicky oily goodness.
The second bread we tried was called Pan de Coca and it was quite similar to Pan con Tomate which I’ve had in other tapas restaurants and absolutely love. Maybe someone with better understanding of the Spanish cuisine will be able to tell me what the difference is with these two, but whatever it is, I loved the Pan de Coca too and would definitely have it again. The freshness of the tomatoes and the sea salt worked together like a dream – it was the perfect combination!
This one was called Bomba and it was a deep fried potato and vegetable croqueta served with a garlicky chilli sauce. Absolutely fantastic.
These, for me, were the stars of the show. I might be a bit boring, but whenever I go to a tapas restaurant, I have to order patatas bravas. The best I’ve had so far were in the aforementioned Boqueria (and I’ve had them many times), but these ones from Brindisa are a serious contender.
They were perfectly crispy on the outside and lovely and fluffy on the inside, and the sauce they were served with was SO good. It was actually pretty similar to the sauce the croqueta was served with, and it was just beautiful. I’d go back and queue just for these if I’m being completely honest… Although it doesn’t hurt that the rest of the experience from service to the lovely decor was really great too. Much recommend!
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