Picture the scene: it’s late morning, you’re sitting in a wicker chair on a balcony, overlooking crashing waves, with the Spanish sun warming your skin. A glass of sangria in your hand, no plans for the rest of the day, and a whole lot of food making its way to your table…right about now. Bliss, right?
Okay, so, a windy, grey day in central London doesn’t quite have the same magic to it – but food and drink can definitely transport you to somewhere special. So to brighten up the weekend, we took a trip into Soho to try Las Banderas’ new Spanish brunch offering.
*complimentary meal for review, courtesy of Love Popups London*
For £32, you get a brunch dish and 90 minutes of bottomless drinks – options include sangria (red or white), cava, orange juice or tea and coffee. What’s great about this offer is that you don’t have to stick to just one drink.
Because, being honest here, I had a RAGING hangover from the night before, I mostly stuck to the orange juice. However, I tried some of the red wine sangria, which was strong and sweet, just how it should be.
From the brunch menu, I chose the Jamon ‘Spaceman’ sandwich, because if you’ve read my posts on Barcelona, I bloody love jamon. And Las Banderas definitely have the good stuff. The sandwich really reminded me of one I had back in Barcelona, and even though it was about four years ago I went, the rich, salty flavour took me straight back to the streets of Las Ramblas.
I also got to taste the Meatballs Brekki – Spanish albondigas (meatballs), which were really soft, with a lightness that paired perfectly with a rich tomato sauce.
Both were served with patatas bravas, which were well cooked to a soft yet still structured consistency. The only thing I’d have added was a little sauce to mine, as they came plain and would have benefitted from a little bit of tomato to really make these badboys pop.
We also got some padron peppers on the side – because I can never say no to padron peppers. Plenty of salt made these ones particularly delicious.
The portion sizes were definitely impressive, and I actually almost struggled to finish. But there’s always room for churros, right? Las Banderas’ were definitely on form, big, chunky churro sticks that were properly crispy on the outside, and lovely and soft on the inside. With a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar, dipped in thick, glorious chocolate, they were the perfect end to a delicious Spanish brunch.
With friendly and speedy service, it feels like you’d definitely get your money’s worth on this bottomless brunch. And for 90 minutes of my weekend, Las Banderas brought those Spanish sunshine vibes that I’ve been craving during the cold, grey days!
The Las Banderas Spanish brunch offer is available 7 days a week, from 11am-4pm.
68-70 Wardour St, London W1F 0TB