Seven is a hip tapas bar in Brixton village, a stone’s throw away from pizza pioneers Franco Manca. It is a buzzing and shambolic place with graffiti art on the walls, a rickety staircase and charity shop furniture. They serve up a heavily anglicised version of pintxos which is a Basque slant on tapas and involves lots of seafood on little slices of bread skewered with sticks. I haven’t been to the Basque country but I have been to an authentic pintxos place in Madrid and the range of tapas there was a lot more interesting that at Seven (they had things like octopus, blood sausages, cuttlefish and hake). We obviously have different produce in the UK, but for me it is a bit of stretch to call the food served at Seven pintxos. However, grumbles over nomenclature aside, the food they serve is very tasty. They also have a traditional cocktail list and I was very happy with my Old Fashioned – it is a very hectic but fun place to have a drink (although they close at 10pm).
We went at lunchtime so weren’t too extravagant. We had four tapas: an extremely good tortilla (£3) made with very fresh eggs and cooked to perfection – the potato had nicely broken into the egg and the texture was light and moist. Fried calamari (£5) was crisp and nicely chewy. Roasted aubergine (£4) was simple but well executed – the aubergine had been properly salted so that all the bitterness was taken away. We also went for caramelised aubergine with mint and chilli (£4.5) which was drizzled in a beautiful sherry vinaigrette.
Verdict: Good quality tapas.