Contemporary Columbia Road feels like one of those twee, fake streets in a film shoot. Among the chichi little accessories and homeware shops, the art galleries and the restaurants and cafés, Laxeiro fits right in – complete with local artwork, blond wooden furniture, Farrow & Ball paintwork and friendly staff. Would that the dishes matched up to this idyll.
On a long menu, they certainly sounded tempting, and authentic too: paella, morcilla, pisto and fabada were all offered, with meat-free snacks including such staples as tortilla and pimientos de padrón. We ordered the lot, and more besides, excited by the positive buzz of the busy restaurant despite the early evening hour. Sadly, it all left something to be desired: rubbery tortilla; near-cold morcilla rice sausage; lukewarm pisto topped by a plasticky egg; greasy pimientos; and a tomato and onion salad that was tired and tasteless. The fabada was too close to baked beans for our liking, but was at least hot – our only dish that was.
A shame… with the rise in popularity of small plates, the East End could really use a decent tapas joint.
93 Columbia Road
|Opening hours:||Tapas served noon-3pm, 7-11pm Tue-Fri; 11am-4.30pm, 7-11pm Sat; 9am-4.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hoxton rail|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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- 4 star:1
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- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Went here last night, the quality of food, staff and wine is second to none! The dishes are perfect size and its definitely good value for money.
The Time Out reviewer is right. This place does not get it. Ate here last weekend and the food was rather disappointing. The tortilla was mainly salt, the sardines not really fresh, the lamb, advertised as tender, was tough and rubbery, the pulpo was tasteless, the pisto bland and the other dishes I can't even remember. Besides that, the double shift in the weekends is really amateurish: reserving at 7PM means you have to get out by 8:45 (although this was not advertised on the website when reserving for the Saturday!) and this applies to everybody so it results in totally empty restaurant by 20:44. It was not one of the highlights of a weekend in London and added to the reputation we have abroad of the Brits suffering from bad cuisine
DO NOT READ THE TIMEOUT REVIEW. ITS Completely WRONG! This little Tapas restaurant is really authentic and its so reasonable. Perfect for a 2-4 people meal. Its also family run which kinda makes it feel a bit more special. Cant think of a reason to not go here. Just what ever you do REVERSE the Timeout review in your head and GO!
Took my friend here recently and I have to say I am so pleased that she found this restaurant randomly online! I could not fault this place one bit. Atmosphere, service and FOOD were all amazing and authentic. Will definitely be recommending this place to all my friends. All I say is, make sure you book a table as it is very popular and I can 100% see why!
Was in there recently and was amazed at the amount Tapas available and the quality of the food was very good too! Our group of 10 was greedy so was amazed they were able to deliver all the items we asked for at the same time. Great venue, great food and great service. Would highly recommend
This reviewer was either singularly unlucky or in a bad mood. We've been going to Laxeiro for years and the permanently-full tables are testament to the quality of the food and the overall experience. Eduardo and Isabel are passionate about feeding people great food and welcoming them back again and again.
what the hell is this reviewer going on about. Obviously someone without a clue or a grudge. Laxeiro always has and still provides some of the best spanish food in London. The food is always outstanding and it always has a really nice buzz. its probably best of you go and eat in a chain restaurant.
have been here several times, and it has always been superb. lovely homely setting and the food tastes wonderfully fresh
Lovely spanish atmosphere, delicious sherry, interesting specials and the pimientos de padrón are perfect.