LONDON - BERMONDSEY - ANDANZA
This small tapas/pintxo bar/restaurant opened just before the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, so they have had a troubled start like everyone else, but they are now back up and running.
Andanza (which means luck or fate in Spanish) comes from the same people behind The Rose Gastropub opposite. The restaurant, in its previous incarnation, was a William Hill betting shop for over 30 years, so as everyone says to the owners, "I hope your gamble has paid off!"
They have imported the head chef from Lurra and their master jamon carver was from Brindisa, so they have people who know what they are doing when it comes to Spanish food.
We went on a sunny Tuesday evening when most of the customers were eating outside.
To start we had a bottle of Llolpart Brut Reserva Dorpinnat 2018.
The current menu is split into pintxos and tapas, we started with pintxos.
Foie con reducción de Pedro Ximénez (foie gras with PX Reduction).
Chorizo con salsa de pimiento de piquillo y guindilla (chorizo with sweet pepper sauce, sweet pepper).
Gulas al ajillo (fake baby eels with garlic)
Croquetas of the day
Boquerones en aceite de frambuesa (anchovies in raspberry oil)
Then a bottle of Camins del Priorat, Alvaro Palacios 2018.
Followed by tapas
Carrilleras de Cerdo, puré de chirivía, chips de alcachofa (pork cheeks, parsnip puree, artichoke chips).
Albondigas de cabra (goat meatballs)
Pulpo a la Gallega con patatas confitadas (Galician octopus, confit potatoes).
Pluma Ibérico con salsa de trufas, alcachofas ahumadas (feather cut pork loin in a mushroom and truffle sauce with smoked artichokes)
For dessert, we had a glass of Pedro Ximénez, with the must-have.......
Tarta de queso a la vasca. (Basque-style cheesecake.)
Mousse de chocolate, miel y queso de cabra (chocolate, honey and goat’s cheese mousse).
Sorbete de mango (mango sorbet).
There is a small, interesting, selection of Spanish wines (not the usual ones you see everywhere), beers, vermouth and sherry.
This is a great, authentic Spanish, addition t the local scene, with helpful and informative staff and they deserve to be successful.
66 Weston Street, London SE1 3QJ
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