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Yacht-scapes of jigsaw-puzzle cuteness make St Katharine Dock a visual feast, but culinary pickings hereabouts are rather thin, with chains dominating. Eschewing their formulaic gloss for a rustic setting of weathered wood, brick and leather, Bravas Tapas occupies an obscure corner of the original warehouse and serves sophisticated Spanish food with a nod to metropolitan fashion. Orange-scented Marcona almonds and pickles from a Kilner jar are followed by a procession of deftly executed tapas: piri piri prawns with light, crisp batter; perfect little morcilla de Burgos sliders with apple slaw; rare pink Moorish-spiced lamb chops with rosemary alioli; and tender Iberian pork belly with the fat roasted to buttery softness. Spanish wines and cava complement the food, there’s a subtly exotic torta de Santiago with Morello cherries to finish, and service is friendly and casual. It’s just a shame the place lacks the all-day bustle of its more prosaic neighbours.
Backing Bravas Tapas are two big names. Victor Garvey (American chef previously working in Spain), and Bal Thind (restaurateur & original investor in Hakkasan). Victor Garvey is an accomplished chef who grew up and worked in Barcelona before buying is own restaurant in Marbella back in 2010. His menu here at Bravas Tapas is actually very traditional but with a few twists and turns along the way - mostly in its presentation...
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When I heard that a new tapas restaurant, Bravas Tapas, would be opening in St Katherine Docks I was excited as it's not too far from both home and work for me. Even better? They'd be doing a soft launch for the first week. Better still? No need to commit to a time because they wouldn't be taking booking and instead would only take walk-ins.The restaurant has a rustic feel to it with deep leather chairs, wooden plank tables and velvet cushioned banquettes along one wall and in front of the windows. The whole place looks like it's been there for ages, even though I know it's brand new. Although I don't have...
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There is nothing I like more than finding a new hidden gem.What's even better than a hidden gem?A hidden gem on your doorstep.St Katherine's Dock is littered with restaurants from chains like Zizzi's and Ping Pong to independent ones and now they have a serious new contender.BravasI had read that there was going to be a new tapas place opening up and then it turned out that my information was slightly old as it had just opened in March.We have been dying to try it and finally we got down to it.We wandered along, the 2 mins it takes from our house to be told that they were pretty busy. We opted to have drinks outside...
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There are still little corners of London that aren’t quite as popular as they deserve to be and you can still find a quiet spot to yourself, away from crowds and hordes of people. St Katharine’s Docks, located right smack next to Tower Bridge and Tower of London is this little corner – or perhaps I should say it used to be, as slowly it’s going from a place you really needed to know about to a happening new spot, with new openings of exciting bars and restaurants every day whereas once it was just home to the chain.One sunny day, when all of London wanted to sit outside, a group of girlfriends and I made...
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