It was the famous Spanish hobbit Bilbao Baggins who once noted that,
“The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
Living these wise words to the fullest are the Brindisa group who, instead of rolling out hundreds of identical tapas restaurants, have carefully and organically opened just five, each equally good and comfortably unique: Tapas Brindisa (in Shoreditch, London Bridge, Battersea & Soho) and Casa Brindisa (in South Kensington).
And now – still following little Bilbao’s advice to “bend with the wind” – they’ve relaunched their Shoreditch branch with a vamped up interior and a little more of their London Bridge spirit.
They’ve imported that branch’s famous chorizo roll, alongside other menu additions like hot and cold lunch sandwiches filled with cheese and charcuterie treats, Catalan pizzas with olives and peppers, and classic tapas like air-dried tuna with almonds and fresh quince and Ibérico pork loin with sweet potato mash. There’s new desserts too, including a bee pollen ice cream sandwich with chocolate sauce.
There’s a real buzz around that one.
Taking Brindisa’s al fresco dining options up a notch or two in everyone’s estimations, this one also has an outside heated courtyard, as an alternative to the new Barcelona-style bar facing the open kitchen, and long communal tables.
As the famous Spanish pornstar Manuel Hung once said,
“He who rejects change is the architect of decay…”
Which is exactly why Brindisa continues to flourish.
NOTE: Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch is open for lunch and dinner from noon-11pm (midnight Wed-Sat). You can find out more, and book a table, on their website HERE.
Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch | 152 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AT
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