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“Best Spanish food in London” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Molino

El Molino
379 Holloway Rd, London N7 0RN, England
(020)-7700-4312
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Ranked #4,693 of 17,944 Restaurants in London
Price range: $0 - $45
Cuisines: Italian, Spanish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Best Spanish food in London”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Went there tonight with my 50% Spanish girlfriend after hearing rave reviews about this place.

Well what can I say, the meal was superb. The restaurant was not too busy when we arrived around 7:30 ish on a Wednesday but it soon filled up. Nonetheless, even when busy the service was friendly and attentive.

We ordered 6 tapas, Pulpo a la Gallega, gambas al aljillo, pollo al aljillo, chorizo al vino, tortilla and a salad. I must say the pulpo was by far the best I've had outside of Spain. Just the right level between soft and chewy, with some just about palpable sea salt crystals and the exactly right sprinkling of paprika. The garlic sauce on the chicken was second to none, and the prawns cooked just right.

My one and only gripe? No Spanish beer and I had to settle for a Sagres (an Estrella Gallicia would have rounded up a superb meal).

All this plus a good Crema Catalan shared, a glass of house white, two pacharans (aperitifs) and coffees came to £50. Easily what one would spend on that in Cafe Rouge or Strada.

Great value and will definitely be back again

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“By far my favourite restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

This is by far my favourite restaurant. I love when Victoria is there to serve us she's a real star. The best paella ever! And I go to Spain very often! They have a great range of tapas the music is always good. The owner is a very friendly guy and so is his wife.
If you want to experience Spain without paying a fortune go to el molinos big time ! Cherry on the cake is being served by the lovely Victoria.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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leeds UK
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Stumbled upon this small tapas restaurant on our recent trip and what a fab find! The food, service and sangria! were great. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and the tapas was delicious and really good value for what we got. The whitebait comes highly recommended by me and the kids!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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swindon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Booked a table for 8 for ourselves and friends last Saturday lunchtime based on Trip advisor reviews and everybody loved it. Warm friendly genuine service and great tapas.
Big Thanks to all of the team at El Molino for a fantastic lunchtime. Gracias!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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london
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“They provided my daughter with a birthday to remember!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We booked El Molino because it was close to Sobell Skating Rink where my daughter had a party. Afterwards she invited her friends to a dinner here. They bent over backwards to ensure that the tapas kept coming and that the girls were happy. They had personalised balloons and what my husband described as "the best cake he has ever eaten" served up with the lights turned down, candles lit and a whole restaurant rendition of 'Happy Birthday.' The kids loved the tapas - although they served the less adventurous selections. The favourite was the tortilla. Looking at the other tables it looked like many people were ordering the sangrias and the fish tapas. They looked good! I think teh girls will defiantely be wanting to go back - and these teenagers are the customers of the future!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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