Address: 21 Market Row, Brixton SW9
Another of the new restaurants popping up in Market Row is Tapas Pa’ti (translated to Tapas For You) a place advertised as serving home cooked Spanish tapas. With an open front and tables both inside and out, Spanish music playing in the background and the red brick décor and dark wood the place has a real feels of a traditional Spanish bar.
Before I begin on the food I must point out that the eatinbrixton gang are frequent visitors of Spain, meaning we are huge fans of tapas. One thing I love about tapas is the environment that you eat it in. With baking heat, Salsa music playing in the background, a leg of ham hanging from the bar and usually a couple of regulars who seem to always be hanging around, all create the mood of a Spanish bar. Luckily this place creates that for us (although don’t rely on the weather!).
We were advised by the lovely front of house lady that we should go for four tapas dishes for the two of us and then a torradas (toasted bread) with roasted peppers and aubergines to share. We chose chorizo cooked in wine, garlic prawns, patatas bravas, garlic chicken. Although we were slightly worried we over ordered, we managed to devour it all. Special mention must go to the patatas bravas which makes me want to return as soon as possible as well as the garlic prawns whose sauce is perfect mopped up with the complimentary bread. Currently there is a great deal going on in which if you get two tapas you get a glass of sangria all for £12. The Sangria is lovely, although perhaps the portions could be bigger as it is extremely easy to drink!
What I really enjoyed about our dinner is that this place isn’t faddy or trying to be anything else but a good quality, traditional tapas restaurant. Unfortunately on this Thursday evening the place was completely empty, which might have had something to do with the heat wave going on outside, or the fact that not many people know about this little gem, so I really advise you to spread the word about this place.
It came to £33 for two people; great value for money considering we had two drinks each and plenty of food for the both of us. Another trip is being planned soon – if only to try the delicious patatas bravas again!