I needed to renew my train season ticket this weekend, so had to go into London Bridge to do so – or so I thought – it’s all done online now! I only found this out when I got there though. Feeling slightly hungover and absolutely ravenous, the intent was to go to a local food market but the weather wasn’t playing along, so The Better Half (TBH) and I decided that the warm confines of a restaurant would be more preferable.
Lobos Meat and Tapas is located under the arches of London Bridge station, opened by three friends who worked together at Brindisa just around the corner, I knew it would be good. Brindisa set the gold standard for Spanish food when it opened in London back in 2004.
Lobos means wolf in Spanish and the focus here is very much on meat. If you’re a vegetarian this is probably not the place for you.
We started with a plate of Iberico Bellota ham (£14.95). Ruby-red in colour, nutty in flavour and with fat that just melts in your mouth, excellent quality and expertly carved. Delicious.
Following that we had ham, chorizo and smoked bacon croquetas (£7.00). Crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside with a gorgeous hint of smoke.
Seafood with garlic and chilli (£12.50) had a warm chilli kick to it and the seafood was all cooked to perfection. The chilli oil was to die for and I wish I had some bread to mop it up with.
The Patatas Bravas (£4.50) were perfectly crisp with a deliciously spicy tomato sauce.
We needed some greens, so I ordered the green salad (£6.25). No ordinary green salad though – this one had asparagus, courgette, frisée, green beans, baby gem lettuce, almonds and pistachio with a tangy lemon dressing. I ate this entire dish on my own and loved every bite. Super refreshing and I really enjoyed all the different textures.
Next up we had chorizo and morcilla with piquillo peppers and quail egg (£6.95). I love this combination – the richness of the morcilla is cut through by the fatty chorizo and sweet piquillo peppers. The yolk from the quails egg adding even more richness. Just divine!
Last but certainly not least we had to try one of the meat specialities that Lobos is so well known for. We went with the Iberico fillet which trintxat potatoes (£9.75). Pork, served pink that was incredibly succulent and packed full of flavour, served with what I would describe as a bubble & squeek potato patty. It was delicious, but I think next time I would try the sirloin on the bone – I had major food envy whe I walked by another table that had ordered it. Definitely an excuse to return if I ever needed one!
Our waitress was totally on the ball, as was every other staff member we came into contact with. All were full of smiles and looked genuinely happy to be there. Our bill came to£101.36 including drinks and service.
My journey into London wasn’t totally wasted because we had a fantastic lunch at Lobos and being so close to the train station I commute home from, I am sure The Better Half and I will become regulars!
Until we eat again!