Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

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We went to the relaunch of Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch (formerly known as Brindisa Tramontana). They’ve changed the restaurant to make it an all-day environment, building in extra power points for lap tops during the day and creating an open kitchen so you can enjoy watching the drama of chefs at work (if you want to see what it looked like before, check out our previous post here: https://goantolondon.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/brindisa-tramontana/ ).

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So you can pop in for a chorizo roll around 11 am, power through your work, and then you can reward yourself with one of their enormous orange and rosemary G&T’s (hey sometimes you have to take your motivation where you can get it!).

 

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They’ve also added a heated terrace at the back and I will say that even for someone like me, who is always cold, it was great. I hate wussy patio heaters where you have to swaddle your bottom half in blankets to remain outside. Here you can almost fool yourself that you’re in proper Spanish warmth! Whilst we were there they were cooking the paella in massive pans on the terrace, a lovely touch.

 

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One thing you can always rely on with Brindisa is impeccable sourcing. We talked to Juan, jamon carver extraordinaire, who told us that they source their acorn fed jamon from Extremadura and that a single leg of jamon can retail for £600 as they pack it in salt until it reduces to half its weight and then they hang it for 3 years or longer. It may be an expensive and time consuming process, but you can taste the depth of flavour in the finished product, this was some of the best jamon I’ve ever had.

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We also sampled some paella, jam packed with cuttlefish, huge prawns and mussels but I actually preferred the fideua, a Valencian dish that is similar to paella, which uses very thin pasta instead of rice so that some of the bottom strands go crispy and some remain soft after absorbing the stock. This was topped with a black garlic aioli (black garlic is whole bulbs that have been slowly heated over many months to create a caramelized flavour). I am firmly of the opinion that there is no such thing as too much garlic, but if you’re normally not a fan of aioli I would recommend this version, it’s much mellower and gentler.

 

 

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We finished with slices of almond and orange cake, a deliciously moist crumbly cake that had been drenched with orange syrup, which needed no accompaniment.

 

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I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that this place is around the corner from me, I can see myself developing a very expensive jamon habit!

 

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Twitter: #renovated @Brindisa #Shoreditch @BrindisaSpanishFoods #Spanish #Tapas #London

 

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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2 Responses to Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

  1. Annika says:

    Looks like you had a fun experience visiting this place. I had no idea about it but for now I already have, I might drop by to see it in person. Thanks.

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