Etcetera’s a name that leaves you wanting more, but doesn’t give much away – but it’s a whisky and tapas bar. Not natural bedfellows perhaps, but you don’t have to have both at the same time, and it’s quite good fun.
In terms of the tapas, there’s a full range of sharing classics – croquetas stuffed several ways (cod, ham, blue cheese and walnut), seafood frito with aioli, garlic prawns, grilled bread with tomatoes. And good they are too. There’s also a brunch menu and Sunday roasts.
As for the whisky, there are malts from the US and Ireland as well as Scotland and Japan. An interesting selection includes Nikka from the Barrel, the limited-release Auchroisk Batch 1 or Kentucky Vintage. In keeping with this grizzled and spirit-soaked vibe, there’s live blues on certain nights. Local craft brews complete the picture.
It’s not exactly a genuine juke joint though. Staff are friendly, the tapas are more than decent and the whisky is list is one worth working through. But the look is largely what we’ve come to expect from such new openings in 2013 – bare brick walls, bare-filament lightbulbs, big windows, rickety furniture, and so on. Maybe that’s why it’s called Etcetera.
Reviewed by Euan Ferguson
86 Stoke Newington High Street
|Opening hours:||Open 9.30am-midnight daily|
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I eat out at a large range of tapas restaurants and love Spanish food. I ate at Etcetera in March 2014 and I'm quite suprised by the bad/low reviews below. I thought the food was very good, the portion sizes were generous, staff was super friendly, and that it was VERY good value. Dinner for two (we were stuffed, no dessert) with a bottle of wine was less than £50 not including tip. The baked goats cheese with honey and lemon was delicious. The only small suggestion/negative was that only one of the 6 white wines was Spanish, it would be nice if they would add some more Spanish, Portuguese, or Argentinian wines (it doesn't really make sense to have a pinot grigiot and a sancerre on a tapas restaurant wine list when it's such a small list). Highly recommend Etcetera if you like Spanish food and live in the area.
We left pretty much everything we orderd on the table as it was bland and unappetising. Yes the staff are friendly and the ambience OK if rather formulaic but as a reatsurant this place fails utterly.
Poor quality, small portions, forgot and mixed up orders, dissapointing levels of service but friendly staff. Maple syrup vanilla pancakes not sweet at all. Overall , the only positive things about this place is the atmosphere and location. Good for a coffee or a drink, definitely would not recommend for a quality food.
As a local regular I use this place to work during the daytime and just to sit and think and drink a Mocha. The breakfast menu is spot on and always tastes delightful. Sunday afternoon is busy and you might find it hard to find a seat. Friendly staff and a place where you always feel welcome.
We popped in here on our way home one evening. We were met by extremely friendly & helpful staff, even though we only stayed for one drink (recommended by said staff), we had a really enjoyable visit. It was a balmy evening so the fact that the huge windows were all open was great without making us feel we were sitting in the street. We'll definitely visit again as this level of customer service & welcoming feel is very much appreciated. We didn't try the tapas as we'd already eaten, but i'm sure if the class of food is as good as everything else it won't disappoint.