The Tapas Experience
One of the most joyous experiences of food is when you can eat and chat with friends and share what you eat. For many years now I have found tapas food to be a wonderful experience and is something I continually want to share with different people. La Farola is such a place.
My best friend had been there with her sister and told me how nice it was. So one evening I suggested we go there so I could experience it for myself.
Where is La Farola
La Farola is just a 7-minute walk from Angel tube station or 5 minutes from Highbury & Islington, so not too far to walk if you are using the tube. One of the first things I noticed was the intimate size of the restaurant. On the corner of Theberton Street and Upper Street, it definitely felt like a popular place with the locals.
We had no reservation and all the tables were full apart from one, which was reserved. The lady who served us said that she would give the people from that table a call to see if they were still coming. After a few minutes we knew they weren’t coming so we got their table. One person’s misfortune is another person’s gain.
The intimate size meant that the tables were closer to one another than most people would probably prefer, just don’t stretch your arms. We both chose a non-alcoholic cocktail, a Raspberry Cooler consisting of; raspberry puree shaken with fresh mint, lime juice and lychee juice, so summery heaven.
Our Six Dishes
- For Picoteo (snacks) Chargrilled Bread
- Fish Tapas – Paella de Marisco, traditional sea food and saffron seasoned rice and Gambones Al Ajillo, jumbo red king prawns sautéed with garlic, olive oil and fresh hot chilli peppers
- Meat Tapas – Pollo Romesco, marinated chicken thighs served with a romesco sauce and toasted almond flakes
- Vegetarian Tapas – Patatas Fritas, Roughly cut friend potatoes served with spicy tomato bravas sauce and ali oli sauce and Croquetas De Setas, mushroom croquets with hummus & paprika.
The food was lovely. The presentation was amazing, making you want to grab a bit straight away. The Paella de Marisco was my favourite. The colour of the varying dishes exudes warmth and vibrancy and makes you want to put these dishes onto your plate to experience it all.
For tapas, we always go a paella and potato dish, a prawn one and two between meat and fish. Six is the maximum for two people we have found.
The atmosphere is brimming with conversation and enjoyment of good food. That’s what the intimacy of a restaurant or café, as La Farola likes to call itself, can generate. There are a few tables available outside, if you are willing to show off what you are eating and drinking to passers by.
La Farola offers a lovely community feel, mixed with beautiful food and luscious drinks, all within the centre of London.
Do you like Tapas?
Do you have similar dishes that you always order?
Is there a tapas restaurant local to you?
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