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Blog, Eat, London

Camino Bankside, Southwark

September 10, 2015
Camino, Bankside

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).

Camino, Bankside

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).

Camino, BanksideCamino, Bankside

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.
Carmino, SouthwarkCarmino, Southwark

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!
Camino, Bankside

Camino Southwark 

5 Canvey Street

London SE1 9NA

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Barcelona, Blog, Spain

Llamber, Barcelona – EAT

September 6, 2015
Llamber, Barcelona

It’s not hard to find good tapas restaurants in Barcelona.  But it is hard to find one like Llamber.  In the popular district of El Born and around the corner from Passeig del Born, I was expecting it to be fairly touristy.  But it felt as local as it could be.  That, coupled with very stylish interiors, exposed brickwork and up-cycled wooden tables, made it the perfect venue for a Friday dinner.  During the day you can enjoy lunch on their terrace too.

Llamber, Barcelona

We sat at a high table, ideal to observe the restaurant from, and waited with anticipation for every tapas plate to arrive.  This is not your standard tapas.  Every dish was beautifully, and creatively presented.  Their cod croquettes were light and fluffy, and were served in the cutest dish.  Their tuna sashimi was so fresh it melted in your mouth.  I loved their sardine meatloaf, which was something I would never normally have ordered.  Lastly, the thinly sliced beef was served in the most original way, with ‘edible coals’ (we saw it served at a neighbouring table and promptly ordered it), but we found the beef not as tender as it could have been.

Llamber, BarcelonaLlamber, Barcelona

If you want to try the local cheeses, order one of their cheese boards.  They line up the cheeses (goats on one side, dairy on the other) in order of strength.  The strong ones were unbelievably overpowering (to the point of drying out your mouth), but it was fun to try them all.

Llamber, Barcelona

The service here was also surprising.  I can’t say I have found the Catalans to be the friendliest, yet here the staff were wonderful. They were warm and helpful – letting us try different wines to see which we preferred, advising us on which tapas dishes were best and generally really adding to our evening.

Llamber, Barcelona

We stumbled out of the restaurant past 1 in the morning, a food coma not adequate to describe how we felt. Luckily for us there were a whole host of bars still open on Passeig del Born a few minutes’ walk from the restaurant, so we ended up drinking vodka, soda and lime for a few more hours at the originally named bar El Born.

Book ahead and don’t miss this place.

Llamber

Carrer de la Fusina, 5

+34 933 19 62 50

Photos a mixture of Llamber’s own and mine from Instagram.

 

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