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46 Broadwick Street
A new look and a name change bring this West End Brindisa into line with the original in London Bridge. There’s now a bar area at the front where you can hang out with a glass of La Gitana
manzanilla and some smoked Marcona almonds, plus a cosy middle section with new wooden benches, and a counter with high tables at the rear. The more casual approach comes with a no-reservations
policy, so you’ll have to chance it if you fancy some grilled presa Ibérica or a sharing plate of Brindisa’s premium hams. The menu is set to change frequently, although the croquetas, Padrón
peppers, Catalan spinach and garlic prawns will stay put. The wine list offers some interesting bottles from lesser-known producers, and there’s fino sherry en rama in season.
46 Broadwick Street
Oxford Circus Tube Station 334m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 420m
Ganton Street 41m
Carnaby Street 71m
Mon-Fri 8am-11am Mon-Sat 12N-11pm
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Food + drink: 4
Eating food for pleasure ought to be done in relaxing circumstances and what really makes Brindisa for me is that despite the concept being one of relatively informal tapas, my dining comrade and I were able to enjoy a two-hour lunch here without ever feeling rushed or that the serving staff resented our presence. On arrival, we were not put under any pressure to order, the waiter told us in which order he would bring the dishes to our table (a relative rarity in tapas places) and whether we were happy with the order he suggested (an even greater rarity) and the gaps between dishes were perfectly spaced. All of this was achieved in a restaurant clearly very busy on a Friday lunchtime. Correspondingly, the atmosphere was great, loud and buzzy, but not to the extent that we were unable to make ourselves heard. The food and drink were also superb. To begin, padron peppers, which were not too salty and boquerones (white anchovies marinated in oil), a dish not too common in the UK, but a staple in Spain and well executed here. Our meat platter that followed was also faultless, a good range, fresh and tender, highly flavoursome. Tortilla was a slight let-down, somewhat flabby and greasy. Cheese, to close, marked a return to form, an interesting selection including Cabba del Tiétar (semi-cured goat's cheese) and Idiazabal (smoked sheep's cheese), although the blue cow's cheese was somewhat astringent and was far too cold, perhaps having come straight from the fridge. A lovely Amontillado with good nutty notes was a perfect match for the food. I would encourage more restaurants to adopt Brindisa's approach.
Buzzing and noisy on a Saturday night, so to be expected. They had run out of the smoked chorizo which was our main reason for going so that was hugely disappointing. However, all the other food was wonderful as were the wines. A very enjoyable evening but expensive.
Food + drink: 5
I am still savouring this exquisite meal 2 days later…
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