Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Lobos Meat and Tapas

Iberico fest

Hand carved acorn fed Iberico ham

There are plenty to choose from when you are searching for a casual but high level Tapas Bar in London, from the trendy Morito in Exmouth Market to the Michelin starred Barrafina in Soho. Spanish food is one the very best types of cuisine in the world with its bold but fresh flavours focusing on high quality ingredients. Located in London Bridge, Lobos is a brand new meat and tapas bar operated by a trio who used to work for the ever popular Tapas Brindisa. Lobos championed itself specialising in prime cuts of Iberico pork as well as some simple classic tapa dishes. Iberico pork is some of the finest and luxurious meat in the world so I was very excited about my visit at its launch day.

Octopus Vinaigrette
Arroz Con Costra

The space in Lobos is tiny but it has a cosy and warm vibe to it, with its open space bar kitchen and soft lighting. The prime Iberico Bellota ham represents everything that top ham should taste like, oily and rich with a melt in your mouth sensation. Prawns and mussels wre finely cooked with perfect seasoning, both were naturally sweet with a real freshness enhanced by a kick of garlic sharpness. The Iberico pork selection was a real delight with pork fillet, Secreto and Presa, all served medium to medium rare. The Presa was a thing of beauty with its richness and a heavenly texture that was almost like a piece of fatty tuna sashimi, my only small criticism would be the heavy seasoning with the paprika as I think it overpowered some of the delicate taste of the meat.

Lamb rack, parsley, mint, thyme & rosemary crust
Prawns, squid & mussels
Pork fillet, secreto & presa

To sum it up, Lobos is an instant upgrade of Brindisa without a shadow of a doubt. The cooking of the porks are nothing short of class, the Spanish wine selection is also excellent with a fine range of sherry and cava. The prices are not cheap but I was lucky enough to have a 50% off with the soft launch offer, you are getting some real quality Spanish cooking and not many places in london can match its delightful Iberico pork, not to mention the staff are heart warming and super friendly to make Lobos such a great Spanish tapas bar addition to London Bridge.

Food: 3.5/5

Head chef: 
Roberto Castro

What I paid: 

£30 per head with a glass of wine

Average cost without drinks and services:

£28 pp

14 Borough High Street, London Bridge, London SE1 9QG


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