Camino Monumento 1

15 Mincing Lane , London, EC3R 7BD

020 7841 7335

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SquareMeal Review of Camino Monumento

‘Puerto del Canario’ sounds far more exotic than plain old ‘Canary Wharf’, and this little slice of Spain makes a good stab at letting the sunshine in. Camino’s ‘gorgeous’ waterside terrace is the place to be in high summer, while upended Tio Pepe barrels make a jaunty indoor perch on unavoidably English days. Road-trip tapas such as chicken livers with parsley salad, crispy squid with pungent alioli, or tortilla with just the right wobble arrive quickly for those on the go, while others linger with plates of scallops, chorizo and broad beans, or lamb rump with pea purée and baby onions from the charcoal grill. To drink, there are jugs of sangria, draught Estrella and numerous well-regarded Spanish wines, all served by energetic young staff. Funky sounds herald the end of the working week, and there’s brunch, too.

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In Northern Spain there is a long-standing tradition of gastronomic societies, where friends with a passion for food and drink form clubs to meet, cook and appreciate fine food and wine. One such group of friends believed that they could produce great wines to complement their culinary prowess. The result was Bodegas Beronia, a multi award-winning winery which is now recognised as one of the finest Rioja brands in Spain. To find out more about Beronia wines, visit www.beroniatxoko.co.uk

Camino Monumento is recommended for

Big And Bold | Fun | Group Dining 8 Plus

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Tower Gateway Tube Station 315m

Tower Gateway Station 315m

Address

Address: 15 Mincing Lane , London EC3R 7BD

Area: Monument Tower Hill Aldgate

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Clothworkers' Hall 42m

The Walkie Talkie 145m

Details

Telephone: 020 7841 7335

Website:

Cuisine: Tapas Spanish

7.2

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 7.7

Atmosphere: 6.5

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Sue R. 01 September 2017

I've been to Camino Monumento in the evenings in the past for a catch-up dinner with friends. I was surprised last visit at how noisy it has become. The music, which was really for those in the bar, became louder as the evening progressed so it became impossible to hold a conversation with my friend without shouting. Everyone was shouting to be heard. It would appear that the restaurant is pushing the bar side of the venue rather than the restaurant in evenings and therefore diners are suffering. I won't return in the evenings as it became unpleasant. Shame as the food and service are very good

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

garry b. platinum reviewer 21 November 2014

A very lively atmosphere for a Tuesday evening but the service was still good. I was accidentally overcharged for a bottle of wine, but otherwise good evening.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Renae F. 17 June 2014

Lunch started quietly just after 12 with the large space almost completely empty- it picked up between 1 and 2pm. Service throughout was friendly and efficient. Food was very good- particularly enjoyed the baked noodle dish (Fiduea)- would order again. The cocktails we had (smoky vodka martini's) which in the West End outlet featured smoky jamon on a cocktail stick (and a much more “smoky” flavour) were something of a disappointment here- two olives, no ham, virtually no smokiness- all novelty dissipated. Very nice vodka martini, but the kind you can get anywhere. Had coffees at an outside table to accommodate the smoker, but the view onto Mincing Lane is a bit grey and uninspiring- shame really, it's a place screaming for a lovely green terrace on which to drink sangria! Overall an enjoyable lunch. Will be back!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

garry b. platinum reviewer 29 November 2013

Very quick service and also attentive. Food was good and reasonably priced.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Samantha E. bronze reviewer 20 May 2013

This has been a favourite spot for mine since it opened, getting on for a year ago. I have also been to the Canary Wharf one and the food at both is very good. The staff are delightful and cannot do enough for you. At lunchtime, when I walk past, the place is packed but, like many restaurants in the city, in the evening, it's pretty quiet. The bar is busy though so there is some atmosphere. It's not by any means the cheapest place and it's easy to crank up the bill if you order a few pricey dishes with some wine or sherry. For good authentic tapas in the city, I still don't think it can be beaten but it's a shame there aren't a few more diners there in the evening to give it a little more atmosphere. Perhaps a deal or two might bring people in… but if that compromised the quality, I'd rather be amongst the select few dining there.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Cathy G. 29 April 2013

The food here is pretty good, actually. The highlight for me is the earthy, truffle-scented huevo con calabaza, and they've finally put boquerones on the menu, the lack of which was inexplicable. I'm glad they've seen the light. Unfortunately, the service is haphazard at best, and it seems to be getting worse rather than better as time goes on. I've had lunch and dinner here around 5 or 6 times – I'm a loyal type! – so I'm not talking about a one-off experience. For example, it's become a standing joke with my colleagues that if you order bread, you don't ever get it; if you don't order it, you will without question get it… and will be charged a stonking £2.75 for the privilege. That's unacceptable, to be honest. Have the decency to hide the bread cost in the rest of the menu! I also find that the noise level is so loud that it's almost painful. For some reason, the main dining room has been designed so that the curved ceiling actually focuses sound waves right back at you, making easy conversation nigh on impossible. Even if you choose a table sited next to the wall, it's pretty bad. The front room (to the right of the bar) is a bit better, and I would recommend that you try and specify a table here if you want to have any voice left afterwards. For me, then, the poor service and the noise level outweigh the quality of the food – and I reckon this may be the case for quite a few others. When this restaurant opened, the queues were long and constant. I notice now that they have pretty much disappeared. It's a real shame they haven't sorted out the service, as they're likely to find that their custom will be drifting away. I think I've had my last lunch there for a while. Their next-door neighbours, Haz, on the other hand, have not altered their consistently reliable proposition, and will no doubt be welcoming many disillusioned ex-Camino customers back to the fold in the coming months.