Camino, Bankside – Spanish Restaurant
5 Canvey Street, London SE1 9AN – Closest station is London Bridge – Just over 10 minutes walk from here.
What a find! Tucked around the back of the Tate Modern is a shopping and dining area that I didn’t know existed. In my opinion, Camino stood out from the other restaurants with its inviting entrance, an archway with lights and plants in hanging baskets. The outdoor seating area was complete with lanterns, heaters and olive trees.
About Camino, Bankside
Award winning Camino have restaurants and bars at Kings Cross, Shoreditch and Monument too. Camino was born off the back of an inspirational road trip across Spain in the 1980s.
The Dining Areas
There are 2 sections to the restaurant downstairs, one with high stools and tables and a table football game. The other feels like the more formal dining area. In addition, there is a private dining area upstairs with its own bar, available for hire.
The windows are large allowing plenty of light to filter through. The atmosphere is buzzy with solo diners, groups of friends and families with children. My small wooden table with leather-like chair was by the window, a perfect place for me to people watch as I was dining alone.
I was served by a few different members of staff throughout the meal and each one was friendly with a happy persona. Complimentary olives were brought to my table straight away with a carafe of water. The olives were delicious, flavoured with lemon and rosemary.
Appetizers ranged in price from £3.25-6.00 and included…
Tortilla de Patatas – Clarence Court Old Cotswold Legbar eggs with potatoes, served slightly runny at room temperature.
Chorizo Riojano with red onion, green peppers and fresh oregano.
A selection of bread and oil with balsamic
Padron peppers… some are hot and some are not apparently. But I didnt find a hot one!
Fish & Seafood
Seafood dishes were priced between £6.50-£12.50 and included …
Arroz Negro – black rice with cuttlefish, squid ink and aioli
Fideua – baked saffron noodles, prawns, calamari and chicken
Octopus, with chickpea and beetroot puree, paprika and extra virgin olive oil.
Meat dishes cost between £5.50-10.75 (with the exception of the rib eye).
Duck breast with sautéed apples, raisins and brandy sauce
Shoulder of Iberico pig with sweet potato mash
Iberico lamb breast with panadera potatoes, amontillado and thyme juice.
Several plates to choose from including the Jamon Serrano, duroc ham air cured for 22 months for £6.75, Jamon Iberico Bellota “Black Label”, acorn fed, free range Iberico pork, air cured for 42 months at £14.75 or the Charcuteria Platter. I chose the platter which as well as being reasonably priced for the size of the portion it offered me variety too. Served with the thin, crisp, crostini bread, it was a meal on its own really!
Quite a lot of vegetarian options on this menu between £4.75-7.25 such as…
Patatas bravas – crispy potatoes with brava sauce and alioli
Curly endive salad – lodosa peppers, red onion, tomato, goats cheese and olive bread
Huevos Rotos – potatoes with Clarence Court Old Cotswold Legbar egg and smoked paprika
Arzua Ulloa – cheese fritters with sticky tomato jam. I definitely want to have these again. The cheese was warm and soft inside, coated in a crisp crumb and served atop sweet and sticky tomato jam.
Various cheeses cost £5 a portion and include manchego with quince jelly, Picos blue with medjool dates and Idiazabal, smoked ewes cheese with walnuts.
The desserts sounded so good and included the Galician Tart – a traditional almond tart with PX dulce de leche sauce and the Churros with hot chocolate sauce, all priced at £5.75. I had run out of room so settled for the bombon coffee.
Cocktails were were made using Spanish spirits, liqueurs and wines. For example the Seville Marmalade Mojito – Havana Club 3yr old white rum, Sevilla orange marmalade, orange juice, mint leaves and lime. Cocktail prices ranged from £8-9.50.
Wine started from under £6 per glass, soft drinks from £1.95, the cold pressed juices £4.75, these are additive free with no added sugar.
Hot drinks included cafe bombon, an espresso with condensed milk at £2.80 and Carajillo, an espresso with a choice of brandy, whisky, rum or patxaran on the side for £5.50.
Will I Return?
Without a doubt. I found this a very easy place to eat alone as it wasn’t just couples dining there. The food was great and plenty of choice as well as being reasonably priced with dishes to suit all budgets. Service was efficient and friendly. Why not check out other restaurants I have reviewed in London for further inspiration.
Suggested Further Reading:
Top places to visit when in Southbank and Bankside.
If you are dining alone read my blog post on tips for dining solo
Camino’s Opening Hours
Open Monday and Tuesday 12pm-11pm, Wednesday-Friday 12pm-midnight, Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 11am-9pm. Note it is not open 23rd-26th December 2018 or New Years Day. Tapas is available all day apart from 4pm-5pm when only bar snacks are available.