Having opened its fifth branch in Shoreditch toward the end of last year, it’s an understatement to say that Camino is doing something right.
Upon entry to its Curtain Rd premises, comprised of a heated outdoor terrace, a bar and a restaurant, you feel instantly transported to an authentic Spanish enclave, due to terracotta coloured walls, distinctive tiled murals and Spanish trinkets and posters aplenty.
Famed across this city for its relaxed Spanish atmosphere and authentic take on the nations cuisine, Camino’s menu, in true Spanish style, consists of a range of nibbles/tapas, divided up into cheese, charcuterie, fish and meat plates to share.
Diners can team their Spanish wine or sangria with classics such as Jamon Serrano, Arroz Negro or Ibérico Meatballs.
Three dishes per person is recommended as a good amount to start with and it certainly did us, with a little room left at the end for a cheeseboard.
Food arrives family style and ours was paired with a bottle of dry white Altozano Verdejo. Standouts for us were the Arroz Negro (signature black rice with cuttlefish, squid ink and alioli), the Pearl Barley (Creamy pearl barley, Lodosa pepper, spring onion, saffron and torta de la Serena), and the chunky Chorizo Riojano (with red onion, green peppers and fresh oregano).
I first tried Patatas Bravas a few years ago in Barcelona and it instantly became one of my first choices for tapas thereafter. With its house smokey tomato sauce and garlic aioli, Camino certainly does it well in London.
The Tomato Bread, while appetising, turned out to be a take on bruschetta, rather than what we anticipated would be bread baked with tomatoes. The Baby Calamari however was an indicator that calamari really should only be served adult sized!
The latest addition to the Camino family is another one that ticks all the boxes. Herein is a reliable tapas chain that’s good value with very helpful staff and a very pleasant atmosphere. Plus the addition of DJs, it’s trendy location and late night hours on the weekend mean you can really make a night of it.
Location: 2 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BL