Having grown up in Crouch End it’s wonderful to see the changes on the high street and see new restaurants popping up all over the place. There’s rather a lot of resistance for the cheap chain restaurants such as McDonalds etc from the residents, which is shown by the KFC closing down and rumours of trendy ‘Chicken Shop’ moving in. We’ve even just had a popup outdoor burger joint open up in the Hornsey Town Hall, you wouldn’t have seen that 15 years ago!
Now one of my favourite cuisines is tapas and Bar Esteban is a new tapas restaurant that opened up nearly a year ago which has been on my list to try.
With my arrival back in the UK coinciding with the Rugby World Cup, Lawrence and I planned our evening with tapas first then the rugby, but this post is about the tapas we won’t go into England’s rugby results.
First up was the chipirones, fried baby squid, my favourite and always a selection from tapas restaurants and this was equally as good as any I’ve had before.
Next up was the salt cod croquettes which were gorgeous, could have wolfed down a few more plates of those.
The gambas al ajillo were a winner, huge meaty prawns drowned in garlic sauce, exactly how they should be.
My favourite and a reminiscent of a trip to Madrid was the sobrassada baked with honey, very rich indeed but gorgeous sausage in a thick sauce that’s perfect for mopping up with toast.
Our final few dishes were our bit of greens in the form of a green salad and then probably the main disappointment of the night the chicarrones – crispy pieces of pork belly. I’m sure this is no fault of Bar Esteban’s but perhaps just how they are meant to be. Large pieces of pork belly, top half meaty and bottom half very fatty indeed. They were a taste that after a few you came round to, but there were many other dishes on the menu that I probably would have preferred.
It’s a lovely small and intimate venue with great tasting tapas at reasonable prices, if you’re in the area check it out.
As I said I won’t go into the rest of the evening as it was that important match of England v Wales, no need to remind people of the score. Hats off to New Zealand in the end and maybe next time England!