La Farola, Upper Street

In between all the beauty shenanigans I do like to do a fair few non beauty bits and bobs – one of the main ones being eating. Unfortunately for my waistline/pre-wedding slim down plan… but yay for my tastebuds. One of the latest culinary adventures was to La Farola, Upper Street – our local area and one of my absolute favourite areas in London.

La Farola is a new tapas place on Upper Street and it feels like a little taste of Spain. The food isn’t just your typical patatas bravas and chorizo though, it all seems to have a little bit of a fancy twist – with some really fancy presentation and a big dose of atmosphere.

We went to La Farola on a Friday night (hence the ‘Happy Friday t-shirt I’m wearing – from boohoo.com) and it was pretty packed – it’s only a small place with  a mix of table sizes, with a larger communal style table in the middle and a couple of seats at the bar too. So we nabbed a pair of seats on the table in the middle and got to checking out the menu…

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The menu does look pretty classic on first glance, but it’s when the order comes that it has that special touch that makes it feel a bit fancier than the regular tapas place. We ordered a selection including Calamari, Chorizo Iberico (delicious…not shown), some fish (I can’t recall the exact name – might have been red snapper), a mushroom dish and of course the patatas bravas… basically a fairly typical selection, and boy was it delicious. All washed down with a cool glass of white and surrounded by Spanish music and the buzz of the other diners. It did feel like a little taste of holiday.

The pinnacle of the dinner though? The Churros for desert – the churros themselves were delish, but the real winner was the sauce – a chocolate orange bowl of heaven. Absolutely delicious, very rich and I would advise sharing this (Ollie decided he wanted one to himself and ended up eating half of mine too -as it was so tasty, but so rich), That sauce though, so good.

La Farola is a welcome addition to Upper Street in my opinion – whilst it’s certainly not the first tapas place, it’s definitely the stand out of the few I’ve been to in the area and one that would be great for a relaxed birthday dinner or just an impromptu meal out. The only word of warning being that it does get busy – so might be worth looking to book if you have your heart set on eating there!

I’ll definitely be going back!

La Farola, Upper Street: www.lafarolacafe.com

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  1. April 22, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Yes love trying new places to eat close to home! x

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