Boqueria Battersea

A new branch of Boqueria opened recently on Queenstown Road in a prime spot near Battersea Park. It’s as much a deli, serving lunchtime treats to local workers, as a more formal tapas restaurant.

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Boqueria Battersea – new branch on Queenstown Road with roadside seating

On completing our D.I.Y. shopping chores (yawn) the other Saturday morning in a hired zip car, we spontaneously decided to delay doing said D.I.Y., in favour of trying a take-away tapas lunch from Boqueria Market.

A scorching hot day, this new branch was busy, with all five (circa) of the outdoor tables occupied. Now this branch is beautifully done out but those outdoor tables are still on traffic-heavy Queenstown Road and Battersea Park Road…

Indoors, some customers were sitting in the deli area on high stools having a leisurely lunch and cocktails, and a few were dining in the restaurant at the back. All looked to be relaxed and enjoying themselves.

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Deli counter – salads, snacks, tuna empanadillas, variety of cakes

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Simple rustic-feel restaurant area – small restaurant at the back

The deli counter displayed a tempting selection of salads and cakes, not to mention tuna empanadillas (tomato and tuna pie) @ £3.50 a slice so – along with all the tapas options too – there’s plenty of choice.

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Whole jambon

For the two of us to share I ordered:
~ Bread @ £1.60 + marinated olives @ £2.00
~ Patatas bravas – lightly spicy crispy potatoes @ £4.20
~ Chorizo in cider @ £4.90
~ Pork + beef meatballs in tomato sauce @ £6.00
~ Spanish tortilla @ £4.90

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Tapas take-away lunch

Our total lunch for two came to £23.90 – very reasonable for freshly prepared, good quality, and thoroughly enjoyable food. Certainly as good as Brixton Boqueria.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Spanish, tapas
~ Address: 278 Queenstown Road, Battersea, London
~ Postcode: SW8 4LT
~ Tel: 020 7498 8427
~ Nearest station: Battersea Park
~ Website + menus: Boqueria market website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Boqueria food
~ Location: Boqueria Battersea map

More Battersea dining:
~ Dalila – top Lebanese restaurant
~ Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak – *best* restaurant on Lavender Hill (Indonesian / SE Asian fusion)
~ Santa Maria del Sur

Boqueria Market on Urbanspoon


Beigel Bake – Brick Lane

While wandering along trendy Brick Lane in Shoreditch the other lunchtime, I saw a crowd of people hanging out further up the street. What was going on over there?

24 hour beigel bakery at 159 Brick Lane

Beigel Bake was what was going on – a demonstrably popular, 24 hour bagel bakery with a huge joint of juicy salt beef strategically placed in the window, to lure us all in. How could I have only just noticed this place?

Carving a joint of hot salt beef – luring the punters in

I joined the rapidly moving queue inside (there was a constant flow of people – a really high turnover) and eyed up the stacks and stacks of trays of fresh bagels (made according to the Jewish tradition of boiling before baking, which makes them seriously spongy). Apparently, they turn over up to 7,000 bagels a day.

Filled bagels start from about £1.50, with fillings including cream cheese, salmon and more but after seeing the salt beef in the window there was no other contender. It was served with English mustard @ about £4.00 and was so, so tender.

Hot salt beef beigel with mustard – ‘dining out’ at Box Park, Shoreditch

I headed over to the pop-up Box Park with its fake grass and Wimbledon on the big screen and ‘dined out’. Very special.

Dining out in BoxPark – watching Wimbledon on the big screen

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Beigels, bakery
~ Address: 159 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London
~ Postcode: E1 6SB
~ Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street
~ Photos on flickr: images of Beigel Bake
~ facebook page: Beigel Bake on fb
~ Location: Beigel Bakery map

More City/East End dining:
~ Byron – proper burgers, everywhere
~ Japanese Canteen – around the City
~ Mama Thai – Indian + Thai take-away curries + noodles
~ Pho – Vietnamese
~ Pizza Union – artisan pizza
~ Poppies – fab fish + chips, East End

Beigel Bake on Urbanspoon

Dakin + Son’s – baconbuttalicious

The smell of cooking oil and frying food first thing in the morning makes me feel queasy. I invariably hold my breath when passing greasy spoons on the way to work as the whiff of hot fat turns my stomach.

But the smell of pure, unadulterated bacon that greets you on arrival at London Bridge train station and entices you into Dakin & Son on London Bridge Walk is a different story altogether.

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Dakin & Co – breakfast butties

Every morning the sight of crisp-shirted staff, looking professional, serving a line of customers reminds me of the legendary Aunt Fanny’s of Harrogate (Aunt Fanny’s was run by a smart retired couple, serving the best butties in the early hours of the morning to a post-pub/club crowd; it no longer exists but has gone down in history holding a very special place in the hearts and bellies of those whose Harrogate nights out used to end there…).

But back to the present…

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Bacon butty – beeeautiful

It’s £2.00 for a bacon roll, or you can get a ‘big value breakfast’ for £5.50 – 2 eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, 2 sausages, 2 slices of toast, tomatoes and a tea or coffee.

It might only be a teeny sandwich shop but it’s a really good one.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British, breakfast butties
~ Address: 7 London Bridge Walk, Southwark, London Bridge
~ Postcode: SE1 2SX
~ Tel: 020 7403 5121
~ Nearest station: London Bridge
~ Website + menus: RESTAURANT website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Dakin + Son’s
~ Location: Dakin + Son map

More London Bridge dining:
~ Black + Blue – Borough Market
~ Dim T – More London
~ Roast – Borough Market
~ St Christopher’s Inn

Dakin & Son on Urbanspoon