Friday

Boqueria

I have driven past Boqueria countless times and said 'I love tapas, can we go' to Mr D until I was blue in the face. Finally, an evening of catching up with the wonderful Johnson's and Holdstock brothers meant sharing food was ideal so, I booked the Acre Lane eatery and we went full force into the menu...and booze!

Starting with two mixed platters of their selection of cured meats...
A Spanish classic - Pan con tomate, crisp bread with chopped tomato, garlic and olive oil.
I went rogue and ordered an 'un-discussed dish' much to Mr J's dismay ended up being a winner... Paprika octopus served on sautéed potatoes.  This came along with a dish that photographs a little like dogs dinner. It, thankfully, tasted the complete opposite... spinach with cheese, raisins and pine nuts - delicious! So much so, we ordered a second.
Specials are showcased on a huge blackboard towards the back of the buzzy restaurant. I jumped at one which (luckily) proved to be a hit amongst us all. Aubergine chips with honey if these are available on your visit - order! Insanely hot but once cooled the crisp polenta coating which had been light fried until golden encased buttery, melt-in-your-mouth aubergine... 
'Albondigas' or meatballs to us English folk were served in a rich tomato sauce.A portion of Calamari had to be tried and tested. Boqueria's version did not disappoint... served with a punchy ali-oli and a good ol' slice of lemon - simple and therefore, perfect!




Patatas bravas had pretty mixed views amongst the eight of us. The potatoes were crisp (tick) the sauce spicy (tick) but, it wasn't as tomato heavy as we would have liked or, for that matter, how we thought it should have been traditionally. It was more of a thin mayo consistency, perfectly nice just not what any of us were expecting.
Onto some slightly main style dishes and the last few of our meal...seabass with wheat risotto on parmesan and scallop cream was utterly delicious although I didn't feel like it was in anyway particularly 'Spanish'.
Pork shoulder in garlic and cumin, 'pont-neuf' chips (why would you have French style chips in a Spanish restaurant?!) and goat's cheese sauce was just 'ok'. 
The star of the meal came in last with the suckling pig served with sweet potato chips, apple sauce and a lemon sorbet. Usually despising the mix of freezing cold with warm food this actually worked really quite well. The suckling pig was sweet and cooked till perfectly tender and coupled with crisp crackling - di-vine!

There's actually a couple of locations Brixton market, Battersea and Acre Lane. All serving up the same menu's with the exception of their blackboard specials. If you love tapas or, having a night out with friends there is nothing better than sharing plates of wonderful food, delicious wine and good company. Boqueria ticks all the boxes with a wonderful atmosphere to match. 

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