Whoever came up with the concept of bottomless brunch, I love you.
Like, proper, head-over-heels, all the way, love you.
Not only is brunch one of our all time favourite meals at Foozie (brunch club events anyone?) Add bottomless booze into the mix and it guarantees satisfaction all round.
There are many bottomless brunches which take place across Bristol, which are all worth a visit in their own right. However, the one at Pata Negra is a little different. Different in a good way as well, I might add.
Spanish Sundays at Pata Negra happen once a month and this is how it works. You book your spot with your significant other or group of cava-loving buddies, then you will all be treated to a sumptuous and typically Spanish set menu and non-stop bubbles. Pretty dreamy right?
Clearly, I had to go along for a Spanish Sunday session, all in the name of research, (obvs), and because I am a cava fiend.
I have always been a big fan of Pata Negra. To me, it has the full package. A buzzy yet casual restaurant area, with a delicious menu of tapas dishes and a bountiful selection of wines, spirits and cocktails. Not to mention their self-serve wine machine (I wonder if I can get one of those at home?). The second floor is also home to Noche Negra, a fun and jazzy cocktail bar which I have spent many a weekend throwing some shapes in and generally having a good time. It’s always a spot I recommend or take friends along too should they be in town.
So, back to brunch. As I arrived, I noticed the set menu. It had 6 courses on it. I like this style of format; rather than just choosing one an item from the menu, there are going to be several small plates for me to enjoy across the two hour brunch (it runs from 11 – 1).
And that is then exactly what happens. Myself and my friend catch up, have some LOLs, talk about boys and eat our way through a delicious menu which starts with some Spanish charcuterie and breads, which is perfect picky food. Before then moving onto the small plates. The ‘Verduras Fritas’ – which consists of fried Cornish new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, piquillo peppers and chorizo was one of my favourite dishes; there were lots of textures, plentiful olive oil and the flavours complimented each other wonderfully. It was really a treat for the senses.
The fun didn’t stop there, we also enjoyed baked eggs with potato and onions, smashed avocado with dipping breads and black pudding with Arronica beans and a crispy poached egg (which was WOW!). The food was a pleasant change from the stereotypical brunch menu and everything you’d expect from an established restaurant like Pata Negra. Proper NOM.
The cava was plentiful; the waiting staff were on it, like magpies to shiny things. As soon as our glasses looked like they were out of liquid, someone was straight over to top it up. I don’t know about you, but I much preferred this. It meant that every glass of cava was chilled to perfection, because sometimes if you buy a bottle and have it on the table it quickly gets a bit lukewarm, and nobody needs that in their life.
The whole meal was so relaxed and enjoyable. It’s what Sunday’s are all about; catching up with friends or grabbing a leisurely brunch with your significant other or members of the family. I thoroughly enjoyed just having the dishes brought to me as and when we were ready, the food felt like it was non-stop and I’d definitely got my fill by the time I had left, so I do think the price reflects great value. The cava is bottomless too, with the waiters pouring it as fast as you can drink it.
The next Spanish Sunday falls on Mother’s Day, and I’d highly recommend this as a treat for her. The atmosphere is lovely, the food delicious and it’s the perfect way to enjoy a boozy brunch with class.
Book for the next Spanish Sunday here