Tapas restaurant in Shoreditch
Ideally located on Curtain Road is Brindisa Tapas restaurant in Shoreditch, a small chain of restaurants inspired by travels from Cadiz to Catalonia.
The restaurant is light and airy with a relaxed atmosphere and a gorgeous al fresco terrace at the back. Definitely nab a seat there if you can!
The start of Tapas Time!
The menu is split into manageable sections to make ordering that little bit easier! Obviously we had to have a selection of dishes as it is all about the food sharing. Kicking the meal off we had the most amazing Croquetas De Jamon (£6) which were bursting with filling and flavour. Accompanying those we opted for the Pimientos De Padron (£6) which were salty pieces of goodness and so moreish.
Following this we sampled the Paleta Iberica de Bellota from Senorio de Montanera collective which was one of the tastiest cured meats I have ever tasted. We were also inventive making our own Pan de Coca (£3.95): Catalan flatbread with tomato, garlic & olive oil. You could choose how much or little you wanted on top of your Pan!
The continuation of Tapas Time!
What a feast so far but there was definitely room for more! We chose the following dishes from the menu:
- Gambas al ajilo (prawns, chilli, garlic, olive oil) (£9.75)
- Patatas bravas (you just can’t have tapas without them!) (£5.50)
- Pulpo a la Gallega: Sliced octopus, new potatoes & paprika (£9)
- Chorizo Alejandro al Vino: cooked in red wine & Navarrico chickpea hummus (£8)
- Arroz Negro: Black rice, crispy squid & alioli
We were particularly impressed with the Arroz Negro (specific to the Shoreditch branch) which was so smooth in texture. The paprika with the octopus worked a treat and it was much better quality than other similar dishes I have tasted. We also spied a seafood paella with mussels and prawns, which looked amazing!
The Aperitifs and Cocktails
The La Vida al Camp Rosé Reserva (£8.50) was a fantastic, light and dry sparkling cava. Definitely a great drink to the start the meal with. Moving on to the cocktails, we had The Blues (£9.50): Havana 3 rum, lime juice, Orgeat syrup, passion fruit liqueur & blueberries. This is my kind of cocktail – fruity, fresh and not too sweet. That said, I did opt for a super sweet cocktail to replace my dessert – the gorgeous Amaretto Sour!
Paella and Bottomless Feast
Brindisa have also introduced a Paella and Bottomless Feast every Saturday from 12-5pm. Start off with some of their classic tapas dishes with croquetas, padron peppers and pan de coca followed by a choice of Paella. Either tuck into the Seafood Paella (bomba rice, prawns, squid and mussels) or Vegetarian Paella (bomba rice, artichokes, saffron and kale). Wash this all down with bottomless sangria, cava beer or wine for only £35pp.
Brindisa tapas restaurant in Shoreditch is one of my favourites and definitely worth a visit. They offer brunch at the weekends between 12 and 5pm where they have created a menu featuring 5 speciality rice dishes, all served with pan con tomate and salad. The Arroz de Costillas with Bomba rice, pork ribs & black pudding looks really good! They also offer a rapido lunch weekdays between 12 and 4 where you can get 2 tapas, a green salad and a hot drink for £14. What a bargain.
East London Girl: Brindisa Tapas
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