Restaurant Review: El Molino, N7

17:00 16 April 2012

El Molino. Picture: Tony Gay

El Molino. Picture: Tony Gay

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

El Molino is a cosy, family-run restaurant situated on bustling Holloway Road, and with its Spanish soundtrack, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere it feels more like being in Iberia than Islington.

Restaurant info:

El Molino, 379 Holloway Road, N7 0RN. Tel: 020 7700 4312

Web: www.elmolinolondon.co.uk

Wine: From £11.95

Food: Tapas from £3.70, mains from £4.50

Disabled access: Yes, toilet is small

Children welcome: Yes

We popped in on a Thursday night and found the place fairly busy, with a healthy buzz of conversation and the clink of glasses.

We ordered a jug of sweet sangria and checked out the menu. Though there are plenty of main dishes, El Molino is best known as a tapas bar so we chose a few of those.

Around three apiece is enough, we were told, and I’m glad we didn’t order any more – you would have had to roll me home.

As is the tapas way, they arrived at more or less the same time allowing us to chop and change between the tasty helpings.

Pick of the bunch were the juicy prawns in wine and garlic sauce, which were quite literally finger-licking good.

The creamed mushrooms and spinach were also very good, as were the meatballs in rich tomato sauce.

Our other choices were cooked chorizo, Serrano ham with cheese and beef medallions, all of them very satisfying.

The food came quickly and, even allowing for a Spanish brandy, we were in and out in 90 minutes.

But with the service very friendly and welcoming, it would be easy to enjoy a long leisurely dinner there.

Owner Jose opened El Molino 25 years ago and the place has become something of an Islington institution – with cheap, quality meals like this; long may it continue.

Related articles

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 17:21
Tony Charlery, who police believe was stabbed in the neck in Notting Hill on Friday night (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A murder investigation has been launched after a granddad was fatally stabbed in the neck after he left a bar in Notting Hill on Friday night.

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
In order to get your hands on the free crisps, you'll have to tweet a special code and contend with an animated Gary Lineker (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Walkers)

Londoners are set to get free crisps at three bus stops for the next two weeks!

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more