Camino, London’s best tapas chain, have recently opened a new restaurant just behind the Tate Modern at Bankside so when I heard they had a brunch menu I knew I had to visit. The ‘Bottomless Brunches’ is three courses accompanied by bottomless cava for £30 per person and includes their fine charcuterie and irresistible churros.
As I walked over Blackfriars Bridge to meet my friends at Camino I expected the usual Spanish clichés you see at tapas bars but at Camino it was a slightly classier affair. There was still the theatre of traditional Spanish ham carving at their open jamón counter however the space was also modern and full of natural light.
Whilst we sat down to browse the menu and catch up we ordered our drinks. I’ve usually found that when drinks are promoted as ‘bottomless’ staff are reluctant to top you up but the kind waiter was happy to bring over fresh mimosas as soon as we finished ours without us even having to ask. We were drinking cava mimosas but Camino also serve daily squeezed orange juice and a variety of good, strong coffees served just like they do it in Spain.
The brunch started with the choice of a charcuterie board or Escalibada which was roasted red peppers, onions and aubergine. We shared the options to try both but I would definitely recommend the charcuterie. The slices of meat were expertly cut on the open counter where they have a selection of impeccable quality Ibérico black pig hams professionally carved by their cortador de jamón. The peppers were very fresh but could have done with a bit more seasoning as compared to the salty meats they seemed a bit bland.
The full Spanish breakfast was the next course and it was worth waiting for. Our plates were filled with pan-fried free-range eggs, chorizo, bacon, morcilla, roasted piquillo peppers and toasted mollete bread. The skilled chefs (many of them Spanish) used premium seasonal ingredients to create this bold, fresh and exciting breakfast inspired by their travels in Spain. I have since bought chorizo to have at home in my fry ups for the weekend and think they make a great addition to a breakfast.
The Churros were the highlight for me as I have such a sweet tooth. The crispy dough dipped in dense hot chocolate was simply delicious. The portion was quite small, and a bit stingy if you had ordered this separately, but as part of a three course brunch it was just enough as we were already quite full.
Unsurprisingly, many of their ingredients are sourced from Spain, so combined with their authentic cooking techniques meant that we felt like we could have been eating in a cute tapas bar tucked away in a side street of Barcelona! You can browse the menu and book a table here: www.camino.uk.com/restaurants/bankside/menus/weekend-brunch