Situated half-way between Clapham Common and Brixton tube stations (about 1 km or a 10 minute walk from each), Boqueria is well worth the short stroll. It’s been open two years now and gets rave reviews; its reputation living up to the popular Barcelona market after which it’s named (El Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria).
Having been recommended to me recently (by a reliable source, you know who you are…) H and I decided to give it a try last night while we were out and about in Brixton.
The bar area was bustling as we entered for 7.30pm; we were promptly greeted and taken to our reserved table in the back room.
Waiting staff were helpful and not only explained some of the menu items and specials but really sold them to us too! Roast almonds and a bottle of Garnacha tinta (Cop de Ma) @ £21.00 were brought to us swiftly, to occupy us while reading the menu.
We ordered pork croquetas @ £6.30 from the daily specials board and boiled octopus (pulpo) with paprika on a bed of potatoes @ £7.30, pork and beef meatballs (albondigas) in tomato sauce @ £6.00, Monkfish Catalana with prawns @ £7.90, and tuna carpaccio with garlic, almond, soy sauce, and fresh tomato @ £6.80.
The plates were excellent on the whole (especially the monkfish, octopus and meatballs, less so the pork croquetas which were slightly bland) and were generous portions (five dishes was plenty enough for two of us). This was really good quality food, with fantastic service and reasonably priced @ £55.30 excluding service.
I’ll definitely be going back. Hopefully soon…
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Spanish, tapas
~ Address: 192 Acre Lane, London
~ Postcode: SW2 5UL
~ Tel: 020 7733 4408
~ Nearest station: Brixton, Clapham Common
~ Website + menus: Boqueria website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Boqueria food
~ facebook page: Boqueria facebook page
~ Location: Boqueria map
Filed under: LardButty food / restaurant reviews, Spanish | Tagged: 4 / 5, 4/5, Acre Lane, Boqueria, Boqueria tapas, Brixton, Clapham Common, Clapham Park, Lardbutty, London, Spanish, Spanish tapas, tapas |