Borough Market is one of the treasures of south London and now firmly on the tourist trail. The best time to go these days is during the week, say Thursday, as Saturday is now heaving and Friday is not far off either. Apart from the amazing butchers, fishmongers, fruit ‘n veg and other speciality food stalls (like chocolate!) there are loads of great places to eat, both restaurants and street food stalls. I met a friend (and ex-work colleague) at Brindisa, one of our old favourites.
Brindisa has been established for some time now at Borough Market and appeared in our Top 5 south London Tapas restaurants back in 2013. There’s no booking so get there early for lunch, say 12.30 at the latest or you may have a long wait. Otherwise switch to Spanish time for eating and arrive at 2.30! Whenever you go, the atmosphere is buzzing.
The thing I love about Brindisa is how all the dishes are just like I’d expect to find them in any city in Spain – they are the typical and classic dishes of Spanish tapas cuisine. So we kicked off with some olives and a plate of padron peppers, accompanied with a glass of cava. The conversation inevitably moved to work – who was still there, who was in and who was out of favour, who had moved on to better things – pure gossip in fact!!
We progressed to the Seleccion Charcuteria, a huge plate of four different kinds of ham and chorizo – all exceptionally tasty and accompanied with a glass of Ribera del Duero, my favourite Spanish red. We didn’t neglect the carbs either with a nice dish of patatas bravas, potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce.
Pudding beckoned and we looked no further than the Crema Catalana, the set citrus custard with burnt sugar, and the Arroz con Leche, rice pudding with cinnamon. Accompanied by strong coffee, these went down a treat. Total bill was around £40pp including service.
Tapas has come a long way since we started South London Blog just over 4 years ago, but we’re happy to say Brindisa is still in our Top 5 in south London.