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Tapas Brindisa, London

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18–20 Southwark Street
England SE1 1TJ
Tel: 44 20 7357 8880
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It is unfortunate that the best place to eat in Borough Market is also the busiest, and it doesn't take reservations. Still, Brindisa does a swift trade, and it's fun to stand at the bar people-watching and eating olives and jamón as you wait for a table. Chef José Manuel Pizarro is influenced by his homeland on the central plains of Extremadura, but he also brings a modern twist and vision to traditional Spanish cooking. Expect all the tapas classics (ranging from $7 to $13), but highlights include deep-fried Monte Enebro goat cheese with orange blossom honey, and grilled León chorizo on toast with piquillo pepper. On Fridays and Saturdays, come early for a Spanish breakfast.The service here is unfailingly friendly and efficient and the atmosphere buzzy. In the summer, the giant windows, which replaced the old roller shutters in this former potato factory, are flung open onto this bustling corner of the market.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 9 am to 11 pm.

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