Camino Blackfriars 1

33 Blackfriars Lane , London, EC4V 6EP

020 7125 0930

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SquareMeal Review of Camino Blackfriars

The life and soul of España oozes from every pore of this reliable mini-chain, which promises genuine vibes, gutsy food and authentic drinks. Camino is Spanish for ‘road', and a giant wall map heralds a tapas menu that roams the country's regions – think platters of artisan charcuterie, Mallorcan cheese fritters with tomato jam, or potted crab with ‘chapata’ bread. Other good calls include duck stew, and hand-dived scallops with samphire and ‘ajo blanco' sauce, while an imported charcoal grill lends its smoky tones to everything from chicken livers and Basque steaks to presa ibérica (pork shoulder) with roasted aubergine purée. Imbibing is taken seriously, too, with sherries aplenty and wines from a long list of bodegas, plus jugs of sangria, beers and zingy cocktails. Service is sharp and helpful (if a touch ‘haphazard’), and there’s table football in the high-decibel bar.

Former Spanish Wine List Of The Year

At fewer than 50 bins, this is a well-put-together and laudably concise celebration of Spain – no other country gets a look in until you get to spirits. Reds and whites are listed by style – sunny, juicy, buxom and luscious for the whites. Half the wines are available in a variety of smaller serves, the ubiquitous tasting notes are short but helpful and the illustrations of the cocktails are a nice touch, too. Lots of personality, but no over-indulgence and superbly customer-friendly.

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Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 7.0

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Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Rebecca L. gold reviewer 25 February 2015

I visited Caminos just before Christmas and was pleasantly surprised to find such a unique, fun restaurant just off Fleet Street where it tends to just be 'old man' pubs and starch white table cloths. The tapas is authentic and very good quality, particularly the meats. The wine menu is very extensive and reasonably priced with the choice of cavas gorgeous. Service is well paced, friendly and efficient. I'll definitely be returning again with friends. I also more recently held a work dinner there for 60 people and was very impressed by the level of organisation and service. More and more I'm finding that whenever I'm trying to find a venue for large work events you're made to feel like you're creating a problem for the restaurant by bringing such a large number of people to their venue when actually it's guaranteed to be a bumper night for them! Caminos were very flexible and welcoming and dealt with our large group with relative ease.

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