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Boqueria (Restaurant)

Picture of Boqueria in Brixton, London

192 Acre Lane, Brixton, London, SW2 5UL
Cuisine: Spanish
Tel: 020 7733 4408 | Email to Boqueria | Transport: Clapham North | Write review

Boqueria Review

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Best for: delicious tapas, artistic minimalism, and smooth Spanish red wines.

Great: for those who live near Brixton or Clapham.

Consider art, for a moment, in all its colourful languages. Gargantuan, is it not? So prolific is its presence that it exists around us, inside us, and for us as a constant. Even when us aren’t looking, its beauty is still there, scurrying around behind the bins, lurking in the kitchen drawer filled with batteries and odd screws.

Conjure Spain and its art to mind, and, at the drop of a Spanish hat, a gamut of stereotypical notions probably form. Having only ever visited Spain as many times as Iceland - the shop, not the country; sadly, I’ve never been to the country - my head paints what’s likely an erroneous picture, apropos Spanish life. For me, all Spanish women are Penelope Cruz; vegetarianism is illegal; smoking is mandatory; and everything is about God. I blame Almodóvar and his beguiling movies.

Luckily, Boqueria tapas bar and restaurant exists in that best-of-both-worlds realm between homogeneous Clapham and edgy Brixton, where The Grand Union’s secret garden and the home-from-home restaurant, Upstairs, also reside. Boqueria is positioned just there to convince the stressed brows of London, such as mine, to concede to real Spanish art. This restaurant is oceans away from bullfighters and rotund guitar players at the bodega.

See, if you label this restaurant as art, minimalism springs to mind. Clean and simple, from start to finish: the unassuming alfresco table; the slender, pure white funnel of a bar occupied only by a semi-circular array of empty plates suggesting the remnants of a lovers’ shared meal; the neat symmetry in a row of 15 red squares forming the only decoration on one wall of the rear restaurant; the hint, and only the hint, of a skylight with a black cat walking across it; the austere basement events space crying out, “please, come drink and watch wall mounted TVs down here!”

However, the tapas menu at Boqueria - which doubles as a placement - can muddle this notion of minimalism. Although adorned with the lexicon of food, of which every word is alluring, there are just too many choices choices choices for someone with a porcine greed such as I. Let there be less for me to feast on! I am overwhelmed by your variety. I want it all. Minimalism, please keep minimising. Either that, or increase my salary, fetch me a larger table, and tell my friends and family I’ve gone on holiday for a long, long while.

Even the feeblest menu option, the Andalusian gazpacho - the one item on the menu I probably wouldn’t order, but did anyway - has the life-giving qualities of a salubrious Virgin Mary. The creativity throughout the menu, even by tapas standards, is potent. The standard orders - olives, Manchego cheese, patatas bravas - have flavour depths that evoke satisfied faces tinged with curiosity, as though asking, “Is that fish I taste?”

The smooth, jazzy Pasión de Bobal red (great value at £5 a glass) cuts right through the salty, lean, distorted love heart of pork loin with the deftness of a Xavier ‘Xavi’ Hernández backheel. Yet, the real art comes in the simplest of combinations: the suckling pig with lemon sorbet; the monkfish with Catalana sauce; the griddled eggs with mushrooms and king prawns, a dish that surely shouldn’t be hogged by evenings when breakfast would be equally as suitable.

It’s not all carnivorous, wheat-tolerant fun at Boqueria though. We spotted a number of menu items flanked by (GF) or (V), sometimes even both, so gluten and meat haters, get ready to do your best “AWESOME!” pose. However, desserts: skip the sweet stuff and just order more tapas. You’ll need about 8 dishes to feed that greedy food baby. That’s right: need, feed, greed, baby!

The restaurant’s waiting staff jump and whizz around the space with cheerful speed, producing a kinetic energy to this minimalist montage. At times they seem a little swamped because, even during the week, this restaurant does not lack custom. In fact, the noise does rankle somewhat, the sum of several nattering twos, threes, mates, couples, parents, buddies and gal pals, confined in a cube of hard surfaces. I’ve been reliably informed, however, that this canvas is still a work in progress and audio levels are the next big project to tackle.

Overall, only a few minor changes are needed to turn this great restaurant into to an amazing restaurant. It’s all in the reductions and increases: shave the a la carte menu, beef up the daily special blackboard; chop down a few prices, and nail up some egg cartons. It’s endearing that in a city of so much chaos, a restaurant with a refreshing minimalist approach can create a retreat where you can forget the rest of the world, and its stereotypical art.
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“A superb restaurant for a spot of tapas in south London. All the dishes use Spanish ingredients (hence the price) so the taste is authentic. The variety is outstanding too. Not like your normal Spanish tapas joint. Sticks to the basics.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (6 years 1 months 3 days ago)

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Boqueria Opening Hours

Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Friday: 12:30pm - 11:45pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 12:30pm - 11:45pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 12:30pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm    

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