If there’s one thing my Dad and I can agree on it’s our love of good food. He’s a Microsoft user and loves sport, while I’m a Mac user who would always choose a bit of light retail therapy over watching a ball get kicked around. But we always agree on the importance of high quality, scrumptious food and we strive to find the best independent restaurants in our local area to share with each other. As I’m now working at a foodservice marketing agency, this seemed like a good way to combine work and pleasure.
When my 22nd birthday rolled around, my Dad and I decided to try out Boqueria restaurant in Vauxhall. Named after Barcelona’s most acclaimed Food Market and serving the most wonderful tapas, this is perhaps Vauxhall’s best kept secret.
As a self-proclaimed cheese connoisseur, I knew I had to have the Selección de quesos – a mix of yummy Manchego, Goat’s cheese and Cabrales with a sprinkling of nuts and grapes. This was followed by a number of delicious sharing plates including: Croquetas de Jamón y pollo (Croquettes with Iberian ham and chicken), Chorizo ibérico (Iberian chorizo) and Pan con ali-oli (Bread with ali-oli sauce).
The star of the show was definitely the Cochinillo asado – suckling pig with sweet potato crisps, apple sauce & lemon sorbet. This is a must-try for anyone visiting the Boqueria Restaurant, with the lemon sorbet being a perfect pallet cleanser mid-meal.
If you are a tapas-loving foodie or a supporter of local independent restaurants like my Dad and I, Boqueria is a breath of fresh air. Tucked away in the outskirts of Vauxhall and far away from the cry of the city, it provides a truly sensational experience.