I recently had the chance to visit a restaurant called Bravas Tapas on a spontaneous day out with my family. It’s a Spanish Tapas restaurant in St Katherine Docks, which is a scenic gem of an area just a stones throw away from the ever trendy Shoreditch High Street in East London.
The restaurant is brand new, I believe it’s been open just over a month but you’d never know from its seamless, friendly service and laid back atmosphere. We were greeted at the door and seated at a spacious table by their floor to ceiling windows (on some very well cushioned seats might I add). The decor is bright and modern with a rustic edge and it’s al fresco seating over looks the docks.
It’s hard to find places to dine in London that let you relax and take your time but here it’s actually encouraged. We weren’t sure what we wanted to try so our waitress took the time to go through the menu and recommended we pick 2 dishes each, we were then told we were welcome to order more later if we wanted to. I thought this was a wonderful service; it made us feel welcome and showed us that our comfort was their main priority, not turnover.
The food was truly a manifestation of contemporary London living meeting traditional Spanish cuisine. Our chef for the evening was the lovely Victor Garvey who was kind enough to have a chat with me while I took some pictures of his creations. He takes well know Spanish tapas dishes and gives them a genius modern twist; with everything from patatas bravas with whipped aliolo to quail wrapped in pork belly. We enjoyed absolutely every dish we tried, so much so that we actually ordered two rounds!
Here are a few pictures of the dishes we devoured:
(My first ever attempt at oysters..they’re surprisingly delicious)
Our personal favourite dishes were the crispy foie gras stuffed quail wrapped in pork belly and the moorish spiced lamb chops with rosemary alioli. The lamb was left pink and was succulent and tender.
If you don’t feel like sitting down for a full meal they’re happy for customers to come in for a few drinks, they have a cosy bar set up with an amazing mixologist to whip up all of your favourites.
They do an array of wines and beers and well as cocktails and of course the famous Sangria! I was pleased to hear they also do virgin cocktails which I happily guzzled at the end of my meal.
Bravas Tapas is the epitome of an all encompassing dining experience. The atmosphere of a restaurant is such an important aspect of you’re experience and it’s often overlooked, but not here. They’ve created a culinary haven that feeds you great food, gives you wonderful service and provides good company in it’s staff. Bravas Tapas would be perfect for anything from birthdays and celebrations to casual catch ups with your friend, they’ll make sure you’re treated well whatever the occasion. We stayed for almost 3 hours and we weren’t made to feel rushed at any point.
The one and only thing that I’d say needs improving is the price, it’s quite expensive considering the small amounts you get (seeming as it’s tapas). But in all honesty it’s on par with most restaurants in London in terms of pricing so I guess that’s more of a general gripe I have with the city being so expensive.
I give Bravas:
Price: 3.5/5 (4/5 if you’re splitting the bill between a few of you)
I’d highly recommend this restaurant and I’ll be visiting again soon!
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