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The Food Diaries // 016

Feed me tapas and I’m yours forever. In fact, feed me tapas and cocktails, and I will definitely be yours forever.

Brixton has a plethora of restaurants to eat at and one day I will eat at all of them. Located inside Brixton Market, Seven at Brixton is a tapas and cocktail bar serving breakfast, lunch and evening tapas. With its mismatched tables and graffiti decor, it’s a cosy little place.

Downstairs has an open bar area with seating, which also gave off a rustic feel. It reminded me of this little bar my friends and I stumbled upon when we were in Barcelona.

Upstairs are four different rooms that serve as a space for local artists and you can take in the art installations as you eat some really yummy food.

Okay, so onto the food. Just in case you don’t know:

A tapa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapa]), in Spanish cuisine, is an appetizer, or snack. It may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). – Wikipedia

You can order several different tapas, or you can be lazy like we were and order a large sharing board. What I love about tapas cuisine is the sharing aspect of it. Sometimes one dish isn’t enough, but the ability to have several small dishes and just pick and choose what you want is great!

The large sharing board at Seven at Brixton is as follows: a selection of Spanish cheeses, chorizo, jamon Serrano, patatas bravas, piquillo peppers & cornichons. Served with warm focaccia & oil.


Let me pick apart the board and tell you what I think.

A selection of Spanish cheeses, chorizo, jamon Serrano, patatas bravas, piquillo peppers & cornichons. Served with warm focaccia & oil

Cheese is something you can’t go wrong with unless of course, you are lactose intolerant. So sorry if you are. The sharp tang of some of the cheeses went well with the hams and chorizo! Literally tantalising my taste buds.

Chorizo is my favourite type of cured sausage. It goes great with anything: on a pizza, in a sandwich, on its own. I could have literally had two more dishes of this delicious sausage.

I am not a fan of pickles, but I feel like the board would not be complete without the cornichons. They complimented the food really well, and actually if you took a bite of the patatas bravas (something I can’t get enough of and will praise all day if you let me) and cornichons it tastes like salt and vinegar crisps. ?

Focaccia is a great bread and definitely went well with the meal, especially smothered in the oil. Also, it makes a great base for an open-faced sandwich with the cheese and ham.

To round it all off, they have really good cocktails! They taste yummy and they’re strong – just the way I like it. My favourite had to be the ginger beer & basil mojito (Santa Teresa rum, basil, lime, brown sugar & ginger beer). Their cocktail menu does change, and I think their Spring menu has just dropped (which is just another excuse for me to go back, obviously).

I love the chilled atmosphere in Seven at Brixton, the waitress who served us was really friendly, and they had some really good music! This quirky little restaurant is a must-visit if you’re in Brixton.

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  • Tara

    Wow! That’s interesting that Brixston serves breakfast, lunch, and evening tapas! I always thought tapas were an evening thing, haha! I love how the place has a small art gallery section to promote local artists 🙂 It’s neat that the open bar area reminds you of the bar in Barcelona!

    I am super picky about the cheeses I eat, and I only consume a little because I am lactose intolerant 🙁 I’ve still not develop a taste for chorizo . . . I much prefer Hawaiian sausages! Chili’s pickles are something I could every day. It’s so flavourful! Otherwise, I am not a fan of most pickles.

    Focaccia is one of my favourite breads. I love dipping them in olive oil with balsamic vinaigrette! I can also see them being good as panini 😀 That ginger beer and basil mojito sound like HEAVEN. What a neat combination, but a mouth-watering one at that!

    What a nice tapas bar 😀 Reading this post makes me want to check out tapas bars now! We have a few here, but I would need to drag someone with me, haha! I don’t really want to do a tapas bar by myself XD; Thanks for sharing!

  • Gillan

    I freakin’ love tapa, especially beef tapa! The meat is so savory and you could really taste the tangy sauce! Chorizo is the only type of sausage that I love.
    And who doesn’t love a cocktail? I have a very high tolerance of mixed alcoholic drinks so bring on the mojitos! I also love gin, vodka and tequila. I could never stomach beer lmao.
    I love how they change their cocktail menu. You really have to go back for that Spring menu, gurl!
    But as I am the “mom friend,” I have to remind you to drink moderately 😉 Or not. We have this quirky term in Filipino when drinking alcohol, “Susuka pero hindi susuko,” which basically means you may puke but you may never give up lolololol

  • Nancy

    I’ve yet to try out tapas but they look so delish! Oh, and cocktails? Who’s trying to hit me up?!

    I love how tapas is pretty much a finger food that is already portioned out (because sharing is caring). Speaking of sausages, I love Longanisa even though I only had it once XD. Adan would definitely love Seven at Brixton with you mentioning focaccia!!! Shoot, your drink sounds delish! It makes me want a Moscow Mule for some reason XD. I would love to sample the cheeses there as well!

    Thanks for sharing your experience! You’re making me hungry and it’s only 10 pm here XD.

  • Pauline

    Brixton sounds awesome – I had to Google it though ngl. I’m so bad with places in London, that’s why when I meet you next month you’re gonna have to guide us around. xD Though Hamdah knows London quite well actually so 😛

    I love me some good ol’ tapas! There are some great tapas places in Sheffield actually – when you come and visit let’s do a tapas tour! 😛 On one of my recent dates, I went to an Italian restaurant and since I couldn’t decide what to have, we decided to order our favourites as a starter and do a tapas like dinner-thing. It was the first time I’d done it and such a clever thing too! 😛

    Thanks for sharing – your food posts always make me get up to eat something xD We’re actually looking for somewhere to eat for dinner so any recommendations (in London!) would be great!

  • Cristina Cocioaba

    The location seems very nice. Also the food looks delicious. I love pickles. Eating them with a meal makes me reset my mouth and feel the taste of the food better. I know it might sound weird.

  • Amy

    Omg, all that food looks amazing! I’d love to go to a tapas restaurant. I always like trying lots of things, so tapas would be perfect for that. It’s probs better than the usual meals which involve me ordering all the starters!

    Chorizo and cheese is such a great combination. We always get chorizo and Camembert from Asda and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I’d love a good cheese board right now!

    I love pickles, so they’d definitely be a winner with me. Actually, everything on that board sounds amazing. I’ll definitely have to check it out if I’m ever in Brixton!

  • Georgie

    I LOVE CORNICHONS AND I LOVE FOCACCIA. Seriously I love pickles. I get weird looks from people when I tell them that. ?

    Focaccia is amazing too ? Literally one of my favourite kinds of bread. When warm, it’s just so soft and heavenly.

    Although tapas is often used when referring to Spanish food, I use it to describe Japanese food sometimes, when referring to izakayas that sell a lot of small share plates, which is like Japanese tapas I guess! ?

    I love cheese, but I am lactose intolerant. Cheese has less lactose than other dairy products though, so I often survive. I still get bad side effects if I have too much. ?

    I actually don’t love chorizo – if it’s on my plate or part of the dish I’ll eat it, but I do find the flavour really strong so I prefer if the serving in the dish isn’t too generous.

    I’ve gotta keep tabs on some of the places you visit. We’re planning a trip to Europe for 2019 and thinking of stopping by London again ?

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