London seems to be building up a very nice collection of excellent tapas bars. Up in my favourite Clerkenwell you’ve got Morito and Iberica, Central London is dominated by Barrafina and Brindisa, and finally Camino is very well represented in the City and Southbank. The newest addition to the Camino chain is Camino Bankside, minutes’ walk from Southwark station, behind the Tate Modern. Not a bad location, and an area I am not very familiar with (but certainly liked what I saw).
And this is where – very fortunately – I was invited to the most recent #zomatomeetup, the perfect opportunity to try out Camino and what they had on offer, as well as a chance to meet some other bloggers.
It’s located on Canvey Street, a new-ish Bankside development with lots of attractive restaurants and cafes and big outside terraces [not applicable to my experience since it was pissing it down – again]. Camino is first and foremost a tapas bar, and the bar does take up a substantial part of the large and airy space. But its also a very cosy restaurant, and I love the Andalusian design influences (mainly all the colourful tiles on the walls).
We were treated to a carving masterclass with Chef Nacho del Campo (£30 to the public, should you be interested – it’s a great thing to do with a group of friends), and we told all about the Iberico hams. I loved the chef’s passion and enthusiasm (which was infectious), and his Spanish charm. We learnt not only how to carve (so hard), but also how the taste of the ham can vary depending on the ageing process, which part of the leg its from and which area in Spain the pig is from (including if the landscape is hilly or flat). The ‘Rolls Royce’ of jamon is less fatty and you can almost taste the acorns the pig has guzzled up.
Apart from plates of delicious ham we were also served their fabulous padron peppers (and I learnt they can be spicy), wonderful cheeses, heaps of tomato bread and tortillas. That, along with a couple of glasses of Cava and some fun conversations with a number of inspiring bloggers, and it made for a very excellent evening indeed. Thanks for having me, and I’ll be back!
5 Canvey Street
London SE1 9NA