The small, attractive room housing simple wooden tables laid with red and white checked napkins is the best thing about this tapas bar – along with the fact it serves bottled Mahou beer, a Madrid institution far superior to better-known Spanish brews. Unfortunately, the food and wine on a recent visit didn’t match the high standards set by our meal last year. The patatas bravas seemed soggy, the chorizo bland, and paella featured rather tired-looking rice. Bread didn’t arrive automatically, the waitress confessed that she wasn’t allowed to give us tap water in a jug, and the half bottle of red wine we ordered was disappointing. Los Molinos doesn’t attempt sophisticated cooking, and yet this time even its standard tapas lacked sparkle – quite unlike our experiences here in the past. The restaurant couldn’t be described as cheap either, with tiny dishes costing £5 or more. All this might go some way towards explaining the dearth of customers of late. Finally, on two recent visits the same CD was playing – surely it’s time the manager gave those overworked members of the Buena Vista Social Club a night off?
|Venue name:||Los Molinos||Contact:|
127 Shepherd's Bush Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.45pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Hammersmith tube|
Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
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Timeout hits the nail on the head with this review. We used to enjoy visiting Los Molinos as they served up very good quality tapas. Now, sadly, they serve what I consider over priced and poorly cooked tapas. The tuna in the salad we chose was cooked to within an inch of its life, the sea bass which came without any sauce and was thoroughly bland was similar. A great shame that, what was once a great local eatery, has let standards slip so far.
This is our local tapas restaurant, and one we've enjoyed before, but sadly not this evening. The Timeout review hits the nail squarely on the head, food was poorly cooked, and simply not of the standard that the price suggested. Nearly £70 for a mediocre meal for two is not fun. We won't be back any time soon.
I had a really good experience at this restaurant last month, the food was good, the bread arrived promptly, the staff was friendly and the price was very reasonable.