Harden's survey result
“Authentic and delicious tapas… if you can get a table” has made the bustling, original branch of this Hispanic food importer’s chain a well-known feature of Borough Market, and “at busy times, it feels rushed”. It has spawned a number of spin-offs over the years, which are generally high quality, if not as vibey as the original: most recently opening in October 2018 in the new Battersea Power Station development.
“Arrive early to avoid the queue”, especially if you visit the “very busy” original Borough Market branch of this well-known and “consistently good” tapas chain, which “rarely drops the ball and is a safe bet for a swift and enjoyable meal”. Of the other branches, the South Kensington one is very pleasantly located near the tube, with extensive pavement seating: “go on a summer’s day and sit outside, watching the world pass by”.
The “insanely busy” Borough Market original, and also its “incredibly noisy” Soho spin-off, inspire high loyalty with their authentic approach (from a top firm of Spanish food importers) to “sound and unpretentious tapas”. “It’s no Barrafina” however – some of the dishes are distinctly “unmemorable” – and arguably it’s “just too popular to be that good”.
You’re “lucky to get a table at peak times” at these “busy tapas restaurants” – especially at the Borough Market original. “Prices mount quickly” though, for the “small but densely flavoured plates”, and while most reporters applaud their “excellent quality”, critics – particularly those encountering “terrible service” – find them “extremely overpriced”.
all day noon - 11 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Sun 10 pm