Parrillan Borough Yards

Barbecue, Spanish·
££££
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SquareMeal Review of Parrillan Borough Yards

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At Parrillan's original site, most of the menu comes uncooked, to be grilled by the diner at outdoor tables. Here, however, the DIY grilling is more of an optional sidequest. Another change is the addition of indoor seating, where diners can observe the chefs at work. On our visit, we happily left the cooking to the pros.

A flawless negroni started the proceedings, enhanced by an earthy undercurrent of chestnut. The charismatic staff were happy to explain the menu, recommend wine pairings, and answer our many questions, including what manteca is. Manteca, it turns out, is a smokey pate of confit pork belly and liver, and one of the best things we’ve ever had on toast.

Sticking to the rustic theme, we were then introduced to the flambadou (a kind of metal funnel for pouring flaming hot fat). Here, this medieval-looking tool had been used to scorch an enormous Cornish scallop, to simple but delicious ends. When paired with a featherweight Verdejo, the humble mollusc whisked us from Borough to Bilbao in a heartbeat.

Soon, a Viking feast-style veal shank filled our table, surrounded by smouldering rosemary. With juices locked in by its stint in the sous-vide, the meat tumbled onto its bed of olive oil mash at the gentlest of nudges. When doused with bone marrow jus, the dish elicited truly visceral sounds from both sides of the table. An equally over-the-top crema Catalana, served in a pineapple, brought a theatrical finish to the hedonistic feast.

Parrillan’s one weakness, however, affects the pocket, not the palate. Yes, the manteca was a steal at under a tenner. And the veal was so large that £85 felt almost justified. But, as fresh as the scallop was, no amount of flambadou-ing could ever warrant its £17 price tag.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Barbecue, Spanish
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About Parrillan Borough Yards

Parrillan Borough Yards is the second opening, which follows the success of the first at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross. Guests can expect similar starters to Barrafina before moving on to the parrilla for the main event. There are also stews and desserts available. 

Borough Yards is London Bridge's latest shopping and dining district, a mere stone's throw from Borough Market and Southbank. This area is brimming with top-notch food and drink, so Parrillan feels right at home beside sister restaurant Barrafina. 

Familiar tapas dishes kick things off with the likes of pan con tomate, padron peppers, ham croquetas and marinated olives. These serve to tease the taste buds before the grilling begins. 

The focus of both branches of Parrillan is, of course, the parrilla. The word parrilla is really just Spanish for grill, but also refers to a restaurant where barbecued meat is served. Here, the parrilla comes to your table, and guests cook their own grilled treats. These include gamero rosso (red prawn), tuna, vegetables, sausage, lamb and 25-day aged Hereford beef sirloin. Sauces on offer are mojo rojo and verde, Romesco and aioli. Guests can grill their dishes on the searing hot metal grate and feel part of the cooking process.

For non-grill enthusiasts, there are also some stews and rice dishes: pumpkin and lentil stew, fabada (bean stew) with pancetta and chorizo and Arroz al Horno (rice with pork ribs, sobrasada and chickpeas). Sides include smoked butter potatoes and green salad, while desserts on offer include marshmallows to grill on the parrilla and an Idiazabal cheesecake. 

Parrillan also offers guests a wide selection of Spanish wines, including red, white, rose and Cava, as well as some Champagnes, to accompany the grilled goodies and tasty tapas. The restaurant offers a fun, immersive dining experience for those who don't mind getting their hands dirty.


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What is a parrilla?

A parrilla is a grill. Here the grill is on your table and you cook the dishes yourself.

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What is Borough Yards?

Borough Yards is London Bridge's latest shopping and dining district.

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Location

4 Dirty Lane, London Bridge, London, SE1 9PA
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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-17:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat 17:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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