This is, hands-down, my most favorite restaurant in London. As one review on the website praises, it's "the best thing in holloway!" And for those familiar with this particular part of Islington, you know that means a lot.
El Molino has been open since 1987 and is family owned and operated. The interior is very warm and welcoming. It actually feels more cavernous with the dim lighting and dark wood furniture, especially in the evening. The bar is well stocked with a variety of hard liquor and wine.
But most importantly, the food is amazing. Just about everything is delicious. If you have the time, be sure to order the paella. Just like any great tapas restaurant, you do have to order right when you sit down since it takes awhile to prepare. But it's definitely worth the wait. My all time favorite dish would have to be the gambas al ajillo. All I need to eat with the prawns is a loaf of bread so that I can sop up all that garlic, salt, and oil. And of course, you can not go wrong in ordering the patatas bravas. No wrong I tell ya.
So if you ever get the chance, have dinner here. It's right up the street from the Holloway Road station off the Picadilly Line. Or you could also take the number 29 bus towards Camden.
Fantastic food, excellent prices, lovely people...what more could you ask for?
I love this place. Helpful friendly staff and beautiful food cooked to perfection. The pulpo (octopus) is amazing and so are the stuffed peppers. Great patatas bravas and gambas al pil pil to die for. Awesome food.
Decent wine at good prices too. I love this place. Fast service as well.
A pretty cosy place to have dinner at, and one that is relatively affordable. e ordered a main course each, and were really surprised by the size of the portions! Each main course is literally enough to share between two.
However, the quality of the food leaves something to be desired. My medium-rare steak was definitely more rare than medium-rare, and even then it was extremely tough to cut and chew... my arm was sore after the meal! My partner's pork was not too bad, but average, and the sauce was nothing special either.
Both main courses were only £11-£13, and so it was good value for money considering the portions, but if you really want some fine dining and good quality food, this is probably not the place to go.
Review by The London Insider
Went to El Molino this sunday after I read some good reviews I decided to try. Maybe the food and service was good back in 1987, but nowadays is just un-personal and pretty average. The food was average nothing special a little greasy and un-flavoured. Not going back there anytime soon, however the wine was good.
Excellent restaurant,has a very authentic feel,the owners are actually of Spanish origin and the food is of good quality the sardines are excellent and there are a good selection of wines. the decor is Spanish 'homestyle' not very sophisticated but gives a nice touch. Good place for a local meal if you're really hungry its good for a big lunch, give it a go!!
Great, authentic Spanish restaurant on Holloway Road. The tapas portions here are delicious and huge! I had three for myself and was stuffed. It's reasonably priced and they have tasty and good-value daily specials, too. It's a basic looking place, not Spanish styled like your more run of the mill tapas chain places, and the staff are really informative and friendly. A must-visit eatery if you're in the area.
I get the Tapas here every time I visit, and each time I am always surprised by how full I am by the end of it. The staff are friendly and service is very good (though make sure you finish your food!), the prices are spot-on, and the sangria is a must.
Check it out and take your friends.
This is a nice and unassuming place, serving relatively basic but authentic Spanish food at not unreasonable prices. The staff are super friendly and it's clearly owned/run by Spaniards. The food didn't shoot the lights out but it was perfectly good. The wine list on the other hand is really excellent, great value and the wines we had were cracking I'm excited about going back and getting stuck into some more! Definitely worth a visit and I can see this becoming a bit of a local standby for me.
Visited El Molino after having moved into the area in the last couple of months and reading some pretty positive comments. Perfect location for us and had the opportunity to become a regular, relatively cheap alternative to home cooking. although we quite liked the look and feel of the place if not the location (sorry holloway road), the food was a disappointment. we ate just 4 dishes and dessert and not one of them was anything more than basic. the squid was very poor in fact. we may just have hit them on a bad night but I don't think we'll be back. staff were nice and service was prompt tho.
We went to El Molino on a Saturday night at around 8pm. Although busy, and we didn't have a reservation, we were able to get a table. First thing to mention was that the service was great; the staff are very friendly and helpful. We went for tapas to start; between 4 of us we had 5 dishes. Of these the chorizo and mushroom was really very nice. For main we had paella. We went to order enough for 4 but were helpfully told that would be too much. Luckily we took the advice as you get a lot! At about £12 per person, this was reasonably priced. The paella was flavoursome but my only negative comment was that the seafood was a little chewy, a minor point however. After all this food we were really very full and couldn't manage dessert. The house rioja was around £12 a bottle and very easy to drink. I would recommend el Molino as a great place to take friends, and 1000x better than the chain restaurant that has made tapas so popular in the UK, La Tasca. The whole meal came to around £85 for four including two bottles of wine, not bad for the amount we ate!
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