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by Chris Barker (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and reviewer working in the London area.
Published July 29th 2012
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Café Brood's outdoor grills, where Paella and other Spanish delights are served.
Image courtesy of Blowing Puffer Fish

Café Brood is a bustling Spanish eatery located under the shadow of Southwark Cathedral at London Bridge, which serves its customers from hot pans of paella and bubbling red stew. Its cuisine has the the feel of traditional continental street food, particularly with dishes mainly being prepared on outdoor barbecues and grills and most diners sitting outside. On this sunny Friday afternoon it was full to the brim with students, hipsters and other young paella affectionates, but we still managed to squeeze into a new table.
Outdoor service
More Spanish food at Café Brood

The first thing we ordered was a large jug of Pimms No. 1 with ice and very small bits of chopped-up fruit, which came in at £19 between the four of us. Not the worst price in central London, but not exactly cheap either. The food at Café Brood, with attitude, is mainly based around various kinds of paella and light dishes like salad and pasta. We ordered the chorizo and seafood paella, which arrived within a couple of minutes and proved peppery, smoky, and literally crammed with meat- chicken, fish, prawns and one large, yellow mussel.

The chorizo was undoubtedly the highlight- sweet and fatty, with a spicy taste which went well with the flavour of the rest of the dish. Strangely, the rice oddly tasted more like brown rice than you would expect for something which ostensibly isn't. After complementing the chef and stealing bits of food from our two slower-eating friends, we were off.

Overall, Café Brood is recommended for anyone who wants a nice outside restaurant on a sunny day. On a more typical British summer day it's probably less attractive, although it still has decent food and a laid-back continental atmosphere. Definitely check out the chorizo while you're there, though.
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Why? A bustling Spanish eatery
Where: Borough High St Market London, SE1 9AH
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