The north-western corner of Spain is a foody gem that the Spanish know well, but we Brits miss out on in our rush to the southern sun.

Well now we can experience the tastes of Galicia at La Gamba which will open at the Southbank Centre in February

Brought to us by the brothers behind the eponymous Applebee’s Fish, their newest is a riverside tapas restaurant overlooking views of the Thames at London’s Southbank Centre.

Situated on the Queen’s Walk at the front of the Royal Festival Hall, La Gamba will serve modern takes on traditional Spanish dishes, accompanied by a list of curated cocktails and a wine list which will take guests on a journey from the Douro River to the hills of Rioja.

While La Gamba will take inspiration from traditional Spanish recipes from all over the country, the menu will largely showcase dishes and cooking techniques from the north-western Galician region of Spain. With around 1,500km of coastline, seafood dishes will shine through the menu, as well as hearty plates, world-renowned cheeses, and delicate almond-based sweets, that the region is famous for.

La Gamba’s team of mixologists will bring their own in-house Vermouth, a variety of Sherrys and
Sangrias alongside and have a dedicated Spanish gin list served in the classic goblet gin glasses.

With interiors created by Basque Architect, Cristina Lanz Azcarate from Atelier EURA, natural undertones of terracotta, stone and oak will whisk guests away to sunnier climes.

The menu will feature fresh seafood dishes which sister restaurant Applebee’s Fish is well known for, including St
Austell Mussels cooked in a rich albariño and chorizo sauce; Cornish crab and fennel tostada; Iberico pork cheek empanadas and Galician picanha steak with truffle and San Simón cheese.

Desserts will showcase the classic Burnt basque cheesecake and Torrijas, a Spanish twist
on French Toast.

La Gamba will be opening February 2023
Monday-Sunday, 11am-11pm

Address: La Gamba, Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX
Instagram: @lagambalondon

Photos : Rebecca Dickson