After running a 10K with a few old school friends, we concocted a plan to get a few of the gang back together after far too long for some of us. A date was picked (with only a few casualties due to busy diaries) and a venue was chosen. The place of choice was Morada Brindisa Asador just by Leicester Square.
On their website you will find a little story into the background of the Brindisa Tapas Kitchen and found out that the name comes from ‘Brindis’ which means to raise your glass! They now have 5 restaurants across London, with the first opening in 2004 and all have slightly different names. All the restaurants offer a tapas style menu which is ever so popular with Londoners and myself included.
One thing is for sure that us school friends know how to eat, which is exactly why it became a military operation including a pen to tick off the foods we would be trying that evening. The beauty of sharing tapas in a big group is the amount of different foods you can try.
Now lets dig in with the first round of appetisers, traditional potato tortilla, pardon peppers (russian roulette), charcuterie selection and finally deep friend montenebro cheese (for the goat’s cheese fans among you).
After demolishing the table it was onto the frituras and pinchos selection. Crispy fried squid with spring onion, deep-fried aubergine with chestnut honey, salmon & avocado skewers and iberico pork jowl pinchos. The pork was particularly tasty from this round.
The next dish to emerge caused rather a lot of excitement with it’s corn dog look and these were in fact chistorra chorizo fritters. More of a novelty thing then extraordinary culinary tastes.
Just about to burst it was time to get our final dishes braised ox cheeks with cauliflower and green peas (the star of the evening), grilled smoked chorizo on toast, chilli garlic prawns (always a winner and make sure to save some bread for the sauce) and finally the salt cold loin with alioli and apple. Have to admit the salt cod was the biggest disappointment of the evening so perhaps miss that one from their extensive selection.
It was a lovely evening and great way to catch up with old friends over huge amounts of food and a few glasses of wine. I’ve heard good things about all the Brindisa tapas restaurants so definitely give them a try. Enjoy!