|Venue name:||La Vina||Contact:|
3 Wightman Road
|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
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
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.
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...