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The chef may be Italian & at least one waitress is French, but the food at this Herne Hill tapas bar is quintessentially Spanish. Several dishes are unadulterated classics – chilled gazpacho,
tortilla, chorizo baked in cider – others have a ‘nueva’ twist, such as seared tuna with fennel & orange, or croquetas made with goats’ cheese, spinach & pine nuts. The crujiente de
morcilla is especially popular: crisp little parcels of gorgeously savoury black pudding, a northern Spanish favourite. Braised rabbit with lemon, mint & manzanilla olives is another
innovation. The predominantly Iberian drinks list contains various sherries, plus a selection of decidedly un-Spanish cocktails. There’s a relaxed, homely feel to the corridor-like dining room,
which leads to a small patio garden that’s perfect for balmy summer evenings.
I can’t say that I spend much time South of the river and I had never even heard of Herne Hill which is a little area near Brixton. But my husband is a big fan of tapas so when I received an invite to Number 22 Restaurant & Bar I asked him if he minded the trek south of the river and his response was just “Tapas tapas tapas, yes please!” So we booked a table and turned to our trusty Citymapper App for how to get to this area of London that was completely foreign to us.As it turns out Half Moon Lane where Number 22 Restaurant is located flooded about a year an a half ago. But the owners of Number 22 persevered...
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