Basque In Summer Flavours At The Tapas Room

Lydia Manch

Basque In Summer Flavours At The Tapas Room

The Tapas Room


It’s a cold, wet evening when we turn up at Tooting’s Broadway Market, but it starts feeling a lot more like summer when we reach The Tapas Room.

Strung along one of the market’s narrow, curving aisles, they specialise in food and wine imports from Basque country. We drink cold white vermouth and work our way through the short menu, all simple dishes of brilliant ingredients — like the fat, meaty anchovies draped over piquillo peppers, or the slices of dried fig wafer with the cheeseboard.

The morcilla is a stand out — a generous hunk of richness, served on toast, topped with fried quail’s eggs, and slicked with green, herb-filled oil. It’s definitely more tapas bar than full-blown restaurant, but everything we try is punching well above the weight of the tiny kitchen-corner they’re coming out of. The Tapas Room are pulling off big things in a small space, and making it look effortless.

The Tapas Room, Unit 3, Broadway Market, 29 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RJ.

Last Updated 15 June 2017

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