I love Spain, especially the food, and having lived there briefly I like to think I know a good Tapas when I see (or taste) one. Tapas is particularly awesome as you get to try lots of different dishes, it’s very social and all about sharing. With this love for Tapas in mind it had taken me far too long to try Boqueria, which opened about a year ago and has been raved about by Time Out since and recently winning in the Food and Drinks awards in the best cheap eats category. Now I’ve been, I can see why, I shared a generous amount of Tapas and a good bottle of red wine for under £30 a head.
There is a great atmosphere here perfect for both dates and group meals, more smart/casual than swanky. I’d advise booking ahead as even during the week this place gets busy. Food wise I would particularly recommend the pan con tomate, simple but delicious and great to nibble on whilst browsing the rest of the menu, the olives were also amazing. If you’re a seafood lover the calamari and monkfish with prawns were also tasty. Rustic wooden boards with cheeses and jamon iberico were good items for bulking up the order, although most of the portions were generous and 3-4 tapas each was a good guide. The location of Boqueria could be it’s one downfall, on Acre lane in the almost no man’s land between Brixton and Clapham, although it is in the company of the Grand Union so there is a pre/post drink venue. I think it’s worth making the trip for, well priced Tapas with staple dishes and a few twists, put Boqueria on your list.