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La Vina

Harringay
There’s something enticing about the glow from La Viña’s large windows on a dark night in north London; inside, kitsch Spanish landscapes and a cheerful crowd of loyal locals enliven plain wood furnishings. The choice of tapas and paella is extensive, if unadventurous. Prawns in garlic and wine were large and juicy, and we enjoyed the moist morcilla (Spanish blood sausage) and fresh grilled sardines, all washed down with a decent house Rioja. There were some off notes: a rubbery bounce to the squid, grit in the spinach and an eye-watering acidity to the dressed artichoke. But overall, this friendly little restaurant delivers a satisfying tapas experience; we eventually left with smiles on our faces and pleasantly full stomachs.
Venue name: La Vina
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Address: 3 Wightman Road
London
N4 1RQ
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Harringay rail/29, 341 bus
Price: Main courses £4.90-£13. Set lunch £5.90 bento box.

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Rebecca Bell

The gist of the time out review rings true with our weekend dinner but I think that 3 stars is a tad generous. I'm a fan of spanish food, and have been to many average or adequate tapas restaurants in london over the past decade. Unfortunately, in La Vina I was disappointed to find yet another one. I think the recent handful of modern and exciting tapas restaurants and bars springing up across london have set the bar much higher than the usual ex-pat style restaurants, where often the typical selling point of the restaurant is the cheap jug of sangria masking the flavourless attempts at authentic tapas. The most appealing part of the restaurant is the warm and cosy atmosphere, with spanish staff and decor in keeping with the food. The staff were friendly, organised and attentive at the start but (to be totally fussy) like a lot of places, once they got busy on a saturday night, they are less attentive to you over dessert and bill which is my pet hate. The menu is just about fairly priced, but far too many similar dishes on offer, no good for someone wanting some guidance. Nothing was badly cooked about our meal but we won't be going back despite being locals. I prefer tapas to be served as soon as it is cooked, so hot dishes don't get cold (as ours did) but I suppose that can be personal preference, depending on what you like. A couple of dishes were great, but butter beans with chorizo was lacking flavour & dull with only a couple of pieces of chorizo. As long as your expectations are set right, it is fine for a local week night meal for an average meal with good service but I would not go rushing in.

Sally

I've never had a bad meal here. Great food, wine and really good value. Highly recommended.

has

its a lovely place to go out with your friends and family. its very homely and fresh spanish food. if you want to taste real spanish food go to LA VINA...