London-South West London
May 11, 2018
Located on an unassuming stretch of Acre Lane, Boqueria takes its name from Barcelona’s famous food market. This smart, stylish local bar and restaurant serves high quality tapas and an interesting range of Spanish wine, and while it might not have the fashionable gloss of Jose Pizarro’s London ventures, even on a chilly Tuesday night it had a lovely warm buzz about it. The menu features Spanish staples like salty, moreish Padron peppers, various croquetas and plates of marbled ham. We were particularly taken with the cod fish fritters, a meltingly soft plate of pulpo a la gallega and a dish of quails’ eggs taken from a list of specials chalked on a large black board. The patatas bravas were some of the best we’ve had outside Madrid and there really wasn’t a dud dish amongst our order. A bottle of smooth Spanish red complemented our meal perfectly and we couldn’t resist indulging in a glass of Pedro Ximénez, Triana Hidalgo – a rich, sweet, raisin-laced sherry – to accompany our dessert (an excellent Pan de Calatrava, kind of like crßme caramel, only in tart form). The bar stocks a good range of sherries and cavas and an enjoyable evening could be had with a glass of wine with a plate of Jamon Iberico or some suckling pig croquetas, but it would be a shame not to give the menu a full work out.