Lunch at Boqueria

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I really do adore tapas, it’s one of my favourite world cuisines, and I jump at the chance to eat it whenever I can. I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I can dip in of plates and eat lots of different types of food, or whether it’s more to do with the exquisite flavours that Spanish food has. 
But what I do know is that Boqueria is by far the best tapas I’ve ever had in London. 

I knew when Helena, my gorgeous Spanish friend who made that heavenly paella for us, recommended Bocqueria that it was probably going to be an excellent restaurant – and I knew it was going to be authentic. So when I was invited to Boqueria’s new restaurant in Clapham I jumped at the chance!
One beautifully sunny afternoon Andy and I seemed to escape London in favour of Spain!
I love that both of their restaurants have different specials – it makes it feel much less like a chain and more like a collection of individual restaurants, which is so important to me as I’m never as keen on a restaurant that can feel almost mass produced. 

The one thing that immediately caught my eye (apart form the menu of course) was the rather interesting decoration on the ceiling..!

I’ll let you make up your own mind on it, but let’s just say I wouldn’t choose it for my sitting room.

We started like all good Spanish meals do: with sangria! It tasted almost like cold mulled wine, which was perfect for a hot spring day. To be honest, if I wasn’t trying to be sensible that day I definitely would have gone with the jug – it was so tasty!

After a longer than average browse of the menu, and a decision process that eventually came down to Andy grabbing a pencil from my bag and us ticking everything on the menu that looked good, we finally made our choices!

I really loved that the dishes came as they were ready; you knew the food hadn’t been hanging around at all.

First up were these absolute beauties. Beautiful metlted brie and Iberico ham toasts. We ended up having one of those really polite “oh no you can have the 3rd one” contests – we both wanted it. Did the friendly thing and regretted it – we split it!

Honestly, for what sounds like a posh cheese toastie, these are stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted such beautiful ham.

Frankly, we should have ordered another serving!

Feeling like there should be at least a little greenery on our table we plumped for this gorgeous chicken salad. It wasn’t too heavy, it made a really nice complement to our other dishes and the Parmesan was beautiful. I loved the croutons and dived into the bowl again and again trying to get the last of them!

Feeling a little less healthy, but all in the name of being traditional, we opted for some patatas bravas. Ohhhh my the salsa brava (sauce) that was heaped over these little potatoes was absolutely gorgeous. I’ve had my fair share of patatas bravas in my time, and these really were some of the best I’ve had. Beautifully fresh, delicious – and utterly moreish!

Calamares in my book translates as something close to heaven. I adore seafood and have eaten calamari for as long as I can remember. Boqueria serve theirs with a wedge of lemon and ali-oil sauce which is really something else.

I sneakily tried to eat more than my fair share of these, keeping Andy busy with conversation and other dishes, but no luck – I was spotted!

The fish is really tender, and the batter was lovely and crispy, so it really was a perfect dish.

Finally, we opted for a showstopper: Cochinillo asado, or suckling pig with sweet potato crisps, apple sauce and lemon sorbet. Oh yes ladies and gents, this dish really will stop any show in its tracks!

The pork was unbelievably tender, it just fell onto the plate and the salt on top really brought the flavours out. I thought the lemon sorbet might be a little strange, but it really did complete the dish. It worked as a palette cleanser after all our other dishes and it really did complement the pork.

If there’s one dish you have to have when you go to Boqueria it’s this!

With very full tummies and after a really wonderful lunch, we drifted back out into the sunshine and went for a walk in Battersea Park as it’s just round the corner.

You know you’ve found a good tapas restaurant when it’s choc a bloc full of Spanish customers – sign of a real winner if you ask me!

The service in general was great, they helped us with how many dishes we should order, were attentive but not pushy and generally fantastic. Perhaps a little on the slow side, but we really weren’t in any rush so it wasn’t a problem for us at all.

As I said, both restaurants have slightly different menus, so I’d love to visit their first restaurant in Long Acre, but since this little gem is so close to my base in London, I think I’ll be back here before I get round to visiting Long Acre.
A really fabulous tapas restaurant – and a must for anyone who is looking for a new restaurant south of the river!
278 Queenstown Road
SW11 4LT

We were guests of Boqueria, but all opinions, photos and words are my own. 

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  • What could be better?!

  • Wow! Looks amazing! Spanish food is one of Mr S's fave actually, great to have a new recommendation.

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • I'm dyiiiiiiiing to try this!!!! I am a tapas fiend and am always on the lookout for new places. There's a little restauant by Clapham Common called Carmen, which we go to a lot 🙂 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Definitely worth a visit! Really some of the best tapas I've had and at very reasonable prices! xx

  • Ooooh that can't be far from my London base – I need to try that out! Definitely head to Boqueria if you're a tapas fiend, I think you'll love it! xx

  • I love tapas, especially when there is belly pork on the menu!

    Laura @ Laughter is Catching

  • Well it sounds like you'd like Boqueria! The pork really was beautiful, it was one of those dishes that I didn't want to end xx

  • I've spent all afternoon / evening at work feeling hungry and now I am STARVING! I love Tapas and this looks particularly good.

    Polly xx

  • You poor thing! On a Friday?! Eeeek you must be really busy! Ahhh it's so good – next time you're in London I'd definitely recommend it! xx

  • We've been to the branch around Brixton/Clapham and loved it too- such good quality food and not at all pricey which is a bonus… as those pesky little plates can soon add up quickly! (or maybe it's just because the boyfriend and I are gluttons?!)

  • It's great isn't it? Tapas, like sushi, can very quickly get expensive! Definitely not gluttons – I'm always the same – unless we're all gluttons?! Hmmm….