Kemey and I had a gorgeous dinner at Brixton’s Boqueria tapas bar and restaurant this past weekend. Winner of Time Out’s Best Cheap Eats 2012, we found Boqueria to offer tasty value for money. During our visit, portion size for most dishes was more than ample; service was brisk and attentive; and the vibe was delightfully low key with a bit of a buzz in the air. The mostly local guests seemed to come in all ages and varieties – couples, families with small children, groups of friends catching up – and all appeared equally excited to be spending a lovley evening out at Boqueria.
You can add Kemey and me to that list of pleased patrons. With a menu that’s less inventive than just plain good and solidly Spanish, we thoroughly enjoyed sampling our way through an assortment of classic tapas. Highlights of our meal included a chorizo a la sidra (£4.90); surprisingly remarkable patatas bravas with salsa brava and alioli (£4.20); and rape a la catalana con gambas (monkfish “Catalana” with prawns, £7.90). A house selected bottle of Tobía Selección, Rioja, 2008 (Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, £25) met our approval and accompanied every dish wonderfully.
Other than a resounding “muy bien!” there’s not a whole lot to say about our experience except that I wish they’d consider opening another location north of the river, preferably near my flat.
Boqueria is located at 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL. Find out more at boqueriatapas.com.