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Del Parc

Tufnell Park

Located on a plain north London thoroughfare, this place is intimate, friendly and really rather unusual. There’s no menu: you’ll be asked about any dietary restrictions when booking; after that, your meal is in the hands of chef Steve Marrish. For once, over-used terms like seasonality, freshness and creativity genuinely matter here. Dishes are tapa-sized (with around seven in a meal for two), but the cooking takes in North African as well as Spanish influences.

Openers such as high-quality olives with piquillo peppers were followed by mackerel fillets with rhubarb, mint and vanilla-infused olive oil – a combination we’d never have imagined, but which worked brilliantly. Even simple dishes are made special by the sheer quality of the ingredients. The tapas got progressively larger, up to lamb meatballs with lovely Moroccan touches of cumin and mint yoghurt, and succulent grilled prawns in a wine, garlic and chilli broth. From the dessert menu, we couldn’t pass on the superb pomegranate ice-cream.

There’s no set price, which some may find unsettling, but the chef’s menu of the day usually works out at around £30 per head. A sophisticated, mostly Iberian wine list includes a superior sherry range. One to discover.

 

Venue name: Del Parc
Contact:
Address: 167 Junction Road
London
N19 5PZ
Opening hours: Tapas served 7-10.30pm Wed-Sat
Transport: Tube: Archway or Tufnell Park
Price: Tapas roughly £30 per person

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Flavin F

Food is overpriced. It is just little bowls of pubgrub, certainly not a restaurant, more somewhere to have a snack. The manager makes it even worse; loud, overbearing and rude.

Alasdair

Exquisite food that never fails to get my taste spuds tingling. May not be for you if you're not a little adventurous and don't mind, "dishes that were not explained" or "dropped in front of you". Tony, you could have asked. Always great service and fine food, shame I'm moving away from the area next week.

Nico

Fantastic restaurant, one of my favourites in London. Incredibly friendly And Steve the chef does amazing things from such a tiny kitchen

Tony

Food is fresh (what you should expect) but over-priced and expensive for dishes and service. Service was poor. Dishes were not explained what ingredients were used. No menu is exciting but dishes should not be dropped in front of you. Small and cosy is one way of looking at the restaurant but it is really pushed for size. what is with the brown parcel paper used instead of table cloths. restaurant need renovation and rethinking about what it is doing with or without the menu with realistic pricing.

Elanor

Really delicious food, comfy interior and welcoming hosts. Quite a magic restaurant, and I loved the simplicity of not having to choose from a menu; plate after plate of yummy food (particularly amazing prawns) appeared, all delicious. Totally wonderful.

superduper

I decided to add my comments because I noticed another reviewer said it was "bad for vegetarians", which I disagree with. There are no menus offered, dishes are brought out from the kitchen in succession for you to try and they'll ask you when you're full. However, if you're vegetarian (or have any other dietary requirements or preferences) just ask them and they will tailor the food to suit you. I've never gone hungry and the food is wonderful. This place is a real gem.

stickyfixer

I love this place - the attention to detail and an obvious passion for the lovely fresh food served makes it a joy to visit. A real foodies experience. It really is a hidden treasure in Tufnell Park, and the price is actually very reasonable for the quality of the food on offer. No menu - you just eat what you're given, which is my favourite way to eat and I wish all restaurants were like this! It's so relaxing!

LOLA

I love this little restaurant...great food...brilliant music...under priced for the quality of the food.. Go back every time I am in North London :)

catherine

Cosy restaurant but very bad for vegetarians, with extremely slow service which was unhelpful and even rude. Some nice dishes and good Spanish wine, but pricey.