This week I have sat on the waterfront terrace at Bravas Tapas twice. Yes, it really is that good.
This new restaurant hidden within St.Katherine's Dock features incredible flavors in bite sized portions. From the very moment you enter its rustic, shabby chic decor you are instantly put at ease.
The staff are attentive and the food is utterly delicious - but don't expect the whole order in one go. In typical tapas style it arrives as and when it is cooked, ensuring every plate is fresh and hot.
Using a knife and fork at Bravas Tapas isn't encouraged. Tapas is a meal that is meant to be shared. Instead you’re armed with tongs, giving a relaxed and informal environment.
The classic pan con tomate (right) was extremely good value for money at £3; drizzled with olive oil and bursting with garlic, this mini morsel was a flavour explosion and good start to our meal.
I still dream of the gazpacho. Served over fresh onion and herbs, the liquid in poured at the table to add a touch of theatre. Rich and full of flavour, this is one dish that shouldn't be shared.
The braised beef short rib was a little tricky to eat with tongs. With a bit of teamwork, however, the meat gently fell apart and melted in the mouth.
The Cod esqueixada (thinly sliced fresh cod with black olives, salsa and radish salad), was so good we ordered it twice. Fresh, salty and light - the perfect dish on a summer's day.
The Moorish spiced lamb chops with aioli were served medium rare. Again, these were a little tricky to handle with the tongs, so fingers had to be used.
To finish the meal we ordered the Torta de Santiago (almond cake originating from Galicia) which was served with sharo morello cherry sorbet and salted almonds.
I cannot fault the service, food or atmosphere at Bravas Tapas. My only critique would be that some plates are on the expensive side, meaning the bill can add up quickly. Would I return again? Absolutely!