Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tapas Brindisa (Soho)

So, a little jaunt on a sunny day into the Soho outpost of Tapas Brindisa, the gods of the chorizo supply chain. I’m not sure if they subscribe to the infernal no bookings policy of their sister restaurant, because we were able to walk in on a Saturday afternoon.

A bottle of cava to start proceedings, although we’ve really come in for just a snack – and yet the menu presents so much temptation. The charcuterie is legend, but the hot dishes are also very well prepared and all pretty good value.

An assortment of meats (£12.50) gives us a little of everything. Yes I’m a huge fan of the bellota/pata negra good stuff, but I equally love the ‘cheaper’ piggy treats like chorizo, lomo and salchichon, and this option lets you try more. Not every occasion calls for a dainty, £20 plate of ham! 

Grab a Salchichon de Vic (£5) for an even more gluttonous yet budget-friendly, peppery treat.

Gambas al ajillo (£8.50) come out sizzling and pungent with garlic – and quite big, which I’d hope for the price.

Grilled chorizo on toast (£6.60) is a the real deal. Crusty bread, some rocket and a little piquant from the peppers. A complete Spanish sunny day in one, with chorizo juices running down your chin. Surely that’s not just me?

Salads are great, as are the cheeses. The wine list is incredibly comprehensive if you like Spanish wines too, with plenty by the glass.

Compared to Barrafina, it's less sceney, low-key and subdued. I’m not sure why, as the location is central Soho, but it seems to almost nestle in with its surroundings more. It’d be great in winter too, as it’s quite cosy and warm. 

I’ll definitely return for their new parrilla (grilled meats) speciality, and I’m glad to see they’re bringing in ways to specialise and differentiate themselves from the one in Borough.

Food – 8/10
Drink – 8/10
Service - 6/10 (not as upbeat or attentive as Borough, maybe as it's a little quieter)
Value – 7/10
Tap water tales – 8/10 (glasses brought automatically)  
Staff Hotness – 7/10 (autentico Spanish staff)
Tierra Brindisa on Urbanspoon
Tapas Brindisa on Urbanspoon
(Name change from Tierra Brindisa to Tapas Brindisa)

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