After a morning browsing Borough Market, my sister and I were looking for a quick lunch. Despite the temptations of the food stalls at the market, we were looking for someone where we could sit down.
Tapas Brindisa had a few branches across London and serves solid, traditional tapas. This branch is popular as it’s the first restaurant most visitors to Borough Market encounter as they walk down Southwark Street from London Bridge Tube.
It isn’t the biggest restaurant on the inside but the staff respond quickly to people queueing. We arrived at a slightly awkward time between breakfast and lunch service and there was temporarily no hot food being served. Happily, tapas has a lot of yummy cold dishes.
We started with pan con tomate. A simple dish but oh so fresh and refreshing when done right. However, with such a simple dish, there’s nowhere to hide. The bread must be toasted for crunch, the tomatoes absolutely the freshest and sweetest and enough seasoning to balance everything with a final sprinkling of herbs. The version here met the mark.
The next was a wedge of tortilla, Spanish omelette. We opted for the chorizo version and they got the ratio of egg to the filling of chorizo, potato and pepper just right. We also liked the Spanish mayo on the side, which added more moistness to the dish.
Finally, we had a charcuterie board. The ham selection of serrano, iberico and carved iberico de Bellota was our hit of umami for the meal. Deep, dark trails of flavour from all but my favourite was the iberico.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: It was a good price for lunch, coming out at under £40 for 2 with tip
18 Southwark Street, Southwark, London SE1 1TJ