"Tapas Brindisa still reigns supreme when it comes to Spanish food"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
Since opening, Brindisa’s star has shown no sign of waning. On the contrary, the success of their gourmet tapas, made with simple yet tantalising ingredients, their no reservations policy, and the friendly, bustling atmosphere at their London Bridge eatery has meant that they’ve since been able to open new restaurants in Soho and South Kensington. Plus, Brindisa the company now run an online shop alongside their Borough Market home, so you can get your acorn-fed Iberian ham home-delivered.
It’s good to see that some dishes remain on the menu after many years, like the air cured tuna with pear, a dish of salty, practically translucent sliced tuna, and the deep-fried Monte de Enebro cheese, drizzled in orange blossom honey, with vegetable crisps made from beetroot. These have obviously done well, however it’s a shame to see the sweet black pudding with cinnamon has been removed; perhaps too many complained it was too much like a dessert. Never mind, for we have creamy croquettes with Iberian ham, a pot of glorious homemade aioli with crusty bread, a selection of cured ham, chorizo and salami, and some incredible gordal olives, plump, stuffed with bits of orange and covered in oregano and salt. It’s pricey (£6.90 for four croquettes), but utterly delicious. There’s also a fantastic selection of wine to pair with each dish should you want to splurge, from the crisp white Mas Macias to the unmistakably oaky Riojas, as well as sherry and Spanish beers. The jovial staff chat to everyone, so you may have to wait for a while before being served at the bar, but you can start drinking and nibbling before a seat becomes available. Moreover everyone - customers, waiters, chefs, the guy carving the enormous ham – look genuinely happy to be here, and so are we.
Leila reviewed Brindisa on Wed 23 Nov 2011