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|Address:||18-20 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TJ|
|Tel:||020 7357 8880|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £17.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 9am-11pm Sun 11am-10pm|
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There's something about Brindisa that I still like. There are many tapas bars in London now, most of them pretty nondescript and OK for a quick snack, not very expensive but nothing special. This one near London Bridge fills up very quickly at lunch time, so if I'm round there early I'll go in but would have to walk by later on.
The quality of the food I've always found to be excellent, with regular appearances from jamon iberico, olives, cheeses, tortillas, breads, salads and daily specials. For me it's the jamon croquettas, possibly the best in London, they seem to be freshly made and not from a frozen package, the soft savoury bechamel with little chunks of mature ham inside crispy breadcrumbed cases, simply served in sets of 4 and which I can hardly bear to share. And you can go round the corner to Brindisa Borough Market to stock up on paprika, saffron, marcona almonds and several types of chorizo.
But what is it about the wooden bench seating at the back? You get a good view of what's going on but the up-tilted seat cuts across the back of the legs and then you go numb. Good job the service is quick and tapas is meant to be snack-and-go. If you want to linger be sure to get another table.