Angels & Gypsies Restaurant, Camberwell Green

angels and gypsies pimentos del padronSpanish tapas restaurants tend to be less good for adventurous vegetarians the more traditional they are. Angels and Demons has a hit a fantastic compromise – you can get your staple tortilla but also spice it up with some more exotic options – and it is all well cooked and served up with very good wine and a nice manner.

I came here with my spanish friend Rosa, who was dying for some very non-vegetarian jamon and other tastes from home. We agreed the ‘Padron peppers’ (pimientos del padron) rival any of those served up in a bar in Barcelona – tender, piping hot and generously salted.

We ordered a mix of plates (£3.50 – £6) that included a butterbean stew with cepe oil finish, tortilla – cooked to order – and a very rich aubergine + coriander stew. We also had very authentic tomatoes and garlic on bread to start with. The house tempranillo wine at £16.50 a bottle was great.

Probably the star of the show though was the pudding. Despite being rather full neither of us could resist the churros con chocolate, and my were we glad we didn’t. Clearly also cooked to order, the churros were fluffy, dusted with cinammon sugar and rose petals, and accompanied by a little pot of thick dark chocolate. To die for.

There were far more vegetarian options on the menu than could possibly be sampled in one sitting that ranged from fennel salad, feta + pomegranate salad and beetroot greens to more traditional oyster mushrooms. Just as well, really – I can’t wait to come back.

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