La Fabrica on Stroud Green Road has been a restaurant we’ve walked past on many occasion while constantly saying ‘we must try this place’. Finally due to cancelled plans we had a free impromptu evening and made our way down to sample their tapas.
The place is run by a chap called David who was born in Malaga but moved to London about 10 years. Quite rightly he noticed a gap in the market around the Finsbury Park area for a relaxed dining experience offering great tapas. If you venture a little further South along Upper Street then you’ll already find this, especially from the likes of La Farola (one of our favourites) but Finsbury Park had yet to follow suit.
This has now definitely been rectified and the menu on offer has great range and the food is lovely. Let me show you just a couple of the dishes we were lucky enough to sample.
You just can’t go wrong with a few classics in the form of Croquetas de Jamon (Ham croquets) and Gambas al Ajillo (Prawns with garlic and chilli). Both were lovely traditional Spanish food with huge succulent prawns smothered in a gorgeous garlic and chilli sauce.
Our slightly larger tapas dishes were just as good. One from the specials, Doradar al Caldero (Sea bream with rice and alioli). Heavenly mix. Our final larger dish was the Iberico wild boar cheeks, tender meat which melted in the mouth dripping with a rich sauce.
Not quite full we managed to share a dessert, Tarta de Santiago. Right up my street, not just because of the key ingredient’s name but it’s a traditional Almond tart with hazelnut cream, served with a shot of cold Green tea, lime and hazelnut reduction. Now when I say share, this may have ended up with the majority other with me, what can I say, I just love the Almonds.
It’s a lovely restaurant and those in the area will see that it’s pretty packed almost everyday so it’s worth booking in advance if you’re looking to head down, although they tend to be able to squeeze you in. Always nice to support your local restaurants to keep these types of places going.