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Bar Esteban

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Time Out says

The team behind this venue hope to bring ‘the best of Barcelona and Brooklyn to Crouch End’. They and their bright staff certainly do well at creating a cosy, laid-back, enjoy-yourself buzz. An old test-your-strength machine is only the best of the eclectic and slightly cranky accoutrements that combine with vaguely distressed decor at this imaginative tapas bar.

As chef they’ve recruited Pablo Rodríguez López, formerly of Barrafina and Morito. Lately, some London tapas bars have been showing culinary inventiveness; so far, Bar Esteban isn’t so much creative as focused on pure, contrasting, pick-me-up flavours based on top-quality fresh ingredients.

We were won over straight away by the superbly authentic, punchy and fresh alioli (garlic mayonnaise) that came with our bread. The pleasure continued with subtly seasoned grilled mussels, crisp and creamy serrano ham croquettes, vibrantly delicious coca de escalivada (flat bread topped with roast peppers, onion and aubergines), and rabo de toro (slow-braised oxtail) with a richly textured flavour that really showed the worth of painstaking, skilful preparation.

The wine list has some fairly unusual, non-standard Spanish labels from a wide variety of regions, and for drinkers, there’s no obligation to have a fixed number of tapas dishes. Bar Esteban is a great asset to Crouch End.

Bar Esteban says
Bar Esteban was opened in march 2013 by record producer and sherry aficionado Stephen Lironi, executive chef Pablo Rodriguez and general manager Naroa Ortega.

Pablo trained at the michelin starred Jean-Luc Figueres in his native Barcelona, before coming to London and working in the kitchens of Barrafina, Moro and Morito.

Naroa is from Bilbao and started her career in the now world famous Asador Etxebarri.

Stephen is a Grammy nominated record producer and professional drinker from Scotland.


29 Park Rd
N8 8TE
Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then W7 bus
Opening hours:
Sun - Mon Closed; Tues 6pm-10pm; Weds 6pm-10pm; Thurs 6pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm
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