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Applebee brothers to open London riverside tapas restaurant next month

Jack, Harry and Matthew Applebee, the brothers behind Borough Market’s eponymous Applebee’s Fish, have unveiled their newest project, La Gamba, a riverside tapas restaurant overlooking the glorious views of the Thames at London’s Southbank Centre, set to open this February.

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.

Whilst 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.

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 wonderful Torrijas, a Spanish twist on decadent French Toast.