Scores: 5 GFG / Z 24/ H 2
Cambio is one of three restaurants in the same group that all are in the same area of the Old Brompton Road that also strangely includes three Indian places. The Cambio group specialises in Spanish food and this is the flagship restaurant which serves both tapas style dishes and larger main courses. Over the road they have a more traditional, causal tapas place and they also have a ham and sherry bar.
A new addition to the main restaurant, since I was there last, is a gin and tonic bar.This serves a wide selection of gins with additional flavours added to the glass replicating the ingredients that that particular gin was distilled with. A good start to this meal was some drinks at this bar with some very good Jamon and Catalan style tomato bread. For the main meal we shared some of the tapas style courses from both the traditional and modern parts of the menu rather than going for a starter and mains format.
Mini wagyu beef burger 100% Wagyu, Finca Santa Rosalia, Burgos, Spain (£3.75 each)
King prawns “a la plancha” garlic, parsley oil (£9.25)
Galician Padron peppers (£6.50)
Grilled asparagus (£6.50)
Andalucían style fried squid, lime, alioli (£9.25)
Iberico ham croquettes, thyme-tomato sauce (£7.50)
Flame grilled Galicean octopus, paprika oil, potato parmentier (£12.00)
The “NEW” patatas bravas (£7.50)
Grilled lamb cutlets, thyme, Spinach mashed potatoes (£11.50)
“8 hours roasted tomatoes” in sweet Oloroso wine, basil caviar, goat cheese (£9.75)
Grilled duck breast, liquid sweet corn raviolis, vanilla oil, foie gras (£12.50)
Ox tail caramelised in red wine, apple and lemon-thyme AIR (£12.50)
Most of these dishes were at least good, with the octopus, croquettes and lamb being very good. The stand out dish for me was, weirdly as it was vegetarian, the roasted tomatoes; they had just so much flavour. One disappointment was the asparagus which was overcooked. I think this definitely one of the top Spanish places in London and although it is dearer than Tendido Cero across the road, the food is definitely better and more interesting.