JC Explores: Bravas Tapas + the Walkie Talkie!

January 22, 2015

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I love my job, but it does mean that I travel and work where my projects are. This means it has been a long time since I worked in central London and I do miss it! There is nothing like wandering around London to remind me why I moved here and what I love about the city. On the weekend, Paul was awesome and got us tickets to go to the Sky Garden on the top floor of the Walkie Talkie, after that we went out for dinner at Bravas Tapas over by St Katherine’s Docks.

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The Sky Garden is a new feature at the top of the walkie talkie, now as we know, I am not the biggest fan of heights. However, I really enjoyed this! You wander in the entrance and jump in the lift to the 35th floor. The lift was fabulous as it didn’t really even feel like you moved, so I didn’t get that sick feeling in my stomach and when I arrived on the top floor, I was pretty excited! You wander out into a really huge lobby. It has a couple of restaurants and a sky bar. You can wander around the whole of the building and get a 360 degree view of London and the view is stunning. We went at night which meant that you could just see glittering lights in every direction along with an amazing view of the shard. However, the dark did mean that my photos did not come out very well, but hopefully you get the gist.

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There is also a little garden, with two sides covered in ferns and green plants but it isn’t huge. However, I really liked this touch and you could sit in the middle of the garden with a drink and stare out of the windows. It wasn’t too busy up here as they had timed tickets, so we sat and had a (quite expensive!) drink and stared out of the windows. I would love to go back in the summer!

Once we descended back to earth, we headed over to Bravas Tapas in St Katherines Docks. This is a tapas restaurant which I had heard really good things about. It was pretty dark in here so my pictures are a bit dark but hopefully you can get the gist of the delicious food!

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Paul isn’t a fan of fish so we chose 3 meat tapas and 4 vege tapas. I started off with sangria which was ideal as it really reminded me of Spain and Barcelona! We started off with potatoes bravas which were delicious, tiny crispy bits of potato with a tomato salsa and aioli. This was quickly followed by Toasted Baguette with tomato and olive oil which were thick slices of crunchy bread with a tomato salsa on top which even though I don’t like raw tomato I really enjoyed.

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We had some croquetas spinach which were little spinach balls, crispy on the outside but full of creamy flavourful spinach on the inside. These were very more-ish, I wish we had more than 3! Our last vege tapas was the roasted peppers which was probably my least favourite dish as I almost expected red bell peppers but they were of course the traditional Spanish peppers (not sure why I didn’t figure that one out!), these are still really good but get a little bitter after awhile and would have been good with some sauce.

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As for the meat tapas, we started with quail stuffed with foie gras – look how lovely this is presented! With a little egg in the middle filled with sauce, I loved it. The quail was really delicate and the sauce it came with was delicious, almost Asian inspired as it tasted like soy. I couldn’t taste much of the foie gras but it was still nice and moist. We also had the sliders with apple slaw – I thought these would be a bit too much bread but they were so good! The slaw was delicious, fresh crisp and creamy apple with a thick beef patty – this was probably one of my absolute favourite dishes! We finished with pork belly with crispy skin and a sticky glaze.

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Overall, we really enjoyed bravas tapas, we had just the right amount of food and I felt very stuffed afterwards. I love tapas restaurants as I always enjoy trying little bits of different things. It was a fab evening out in London, and I recommend both Bravas Tapas and the Walkie Talkie sky garden!

What is your favourite tapas?

JC xx

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