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Reviews of Tapas Brindisa

Southwark Street, London SE1


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Rip off
My wife and I stopped off for a lemonade and a coke at Tapas Brindisa this afternoon. When we were given the bill I thought there had been a mistake. It was 5.70! The drinks were served in half pint glasses, so that would make it nearly 6 a pint. When I said to the waiter that the price was outrageous she simply shrugged and said, ah, but the food is good. The food may well be good, but that's no excuse for ripping off customers who buy a soft drink.

Always excellent quality
Brindisa maintains an excellent standard of food, drinks and service. the saturday morning bteakfasts of chorizo, eggs and potatoes (chips actually!!) is the best cure i have ever found for a post friday pay day hangover! always recommended and a cosmos away from the nasty tapas chins such as La Tasca. also the staff are lovely and the buzz is great. its not the cheapest but hey quality costs!
Very busy and pretty expensive
Brindisa is always backed so we thought maybe 5pm on a Saturday would be calmer. We did manage to get a table outside and the service was good, given the crowds. The food was fine, but expensive for what you get. And it was even more expensive when they incorrectly charged us for food we never ordered! So, if you go for the buzz, fine. But don't expect Spanish-style good value. And check your bill carefully!
London's best Tapas Restaurant?
Firstly, this place is always heaving - it's so busy that if you don't go out of your way to beat the rush, you can be left waiting at the bar for an hour or more. They don't take bookings either, so you have to plan ahead. The best times are early in the week, from 5.30pm. Plus, they have just started to open on Sundays.

Luckily, you can always grab some great wine/beer at the bar whilst you are waiting - plus a tapas if you can't wait.

The staff are friendly, and cultivate a good relationship with the customers - many of whom are obviously longterm customers.

The menu is constantly changing, and the food is always fresh and of the highest quality. In fact, this is often the way: a dish is only as good as its ingredients. So whilst the dishes may be simple, the taste is magnificent. The salad is the best I've tasted in any restaurant, the chilli prawns exquisite, and as for the deserts - wow! (try the Crema catalana, washed down with some traditional Spanish Sherry), and the cheeses... a delight. I could go on: every dish is special.

In fact, I don't want to recommend this place too highly, for I know that I shall be left vying with you for a table! .. but that aside: go for it.

Highly recommended.

...Air-dried tuna. Mmmmmmmmmmm.....
Tapas Brindisa
A great tapas bar - best dish is olives stuffed with orange - yum - and their ingredients are faultless - cooking is simple - a bit pricey and no bookings and can be overrun by bankers. Other than that go now and enjoy especially on a sunny day.

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