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A go-to for produce geeks chasing their jamón fix, Brindisa is a by-word for the finest Spanish comestibles. This South Ken branch is mercifully free from gastronomic pontificating, with
no-nonsense tapas coming thick and fast in the open-fronted dining room (tiles, whitewashed walls, crammed-in tables). Think simple when ordering: platters of acorn- fed ham and chorizo, Gordal
olives stuffed with orange, flavour-bomb boquerones or blackened Padrón peppers all shine, while albondigas con sepia (meatballs with cuttlefish) aren't far behind. More creative efforts such as
baby octopus buried in salty samphire can be variable, but traditional desserts are unmissable – try the cold rice pudding with caramelised milk ice cream. With sought-after pavement tables, ample
standing room at the bar and a newly minted ‘charcuteria' alongside, pit stops for a sherry and some meaty nibbles are a must.
Casa Brindisa (the name comes from the Spanish 'brindis' meaning a toast, i.e. to drink someone's health) is the middle sister in a growing family of Tapas Kitchens: first came Tapas Brindisa London Bridge (opened in 2004), then Casa Brindisa in South Kensington and twin sister Tapas Brindisa Soho (also 2008) and most recently new baby Tramontana Brindisa in Shoreditch (2012). Brindisa founder Monika Linton was established in the import and wholesale side of the business at Borough Market for many years before opening her first restaurant - with encouragement from regular customer Mark Hix.By the way, if you haven't...
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