Tapas Brindisa - a slice of delicious Spain in Soho

Monday, January 27, 2014

I've said this before, a few times on this blog - Spain is one of my favourite countries in Europe. One of the reasons being that I absolutely adore tapas.

So today I want to introduce you to my favourite tapas restaurant in London - Tapas Brindisa Soho.

Tapas Brindisa Soho

Tapas Brindisa Soho is one of four Brindisa tapas restaurants in London, and the name in Spanish means to raise your glass in celebration. ¡Qué Aproveche!

I came across the Soho restaurant about 18-months ago and promptly fell deeply in love with their food. So much so that I should probably fess up and let you know I've never visited any of the other three Tapas Brindisa restaurants. Alas, I am a creature of habit, and once I find a place that ticks all my boxes I stick to it.

Nestled on the corner of Lexington Street and Broadwick Street, in the heart of local Soho, Tapas Brindisa is a restaurant I often frequent after work on a Friday to drink wine and catch a bite to eat with friends. The warm interior, friendly service and extensive wine list make the wait for a table rather enjoyable. Unfortunately you can't make reservations in advance, but I've never had to wait more than about 40 minutes to get a seat - and the wine bar more than makes up for it. (I like to start my night with a glass of bubbles.)

Tapas Brindisa Soho - menu

And the food? It's all made fresh - and you can really tell. I like to try something different from the menu each time I visit, but there are some classics on the menu that are hard to pass up: 
  1. Pan de coca - catalan flat bread with tomato and garlic. This is amazing!! Zingy tomato with salted garlic. Yum. Whatever you do, make sure you order this.
  2. Payoyo - semi cured, mild and nutty goat's cheese with grapes. 
  3. Iberico selection (acorn fed) - iberico racebo ham, salchichon, chorizo, loin served with the most delicious bread and olive oil. There are other meat platters on the menu too if this is a little pricey (£20), but the quality is hard to pass up on. 
  4. Patatas bravas - fried potato with a traditional spicy catalan sauce. A tapas classic.
Pan de coca - tomato and garlic bread - Tapas Brindisa Soho
the famous Pan de coca - photo courtesy of  Miss Manchu

The only problem? I always eat far more than I should. But it's totally worth it.

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