La Bota

Restaurants, Spanish Hornsey Vale
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There are no surprises in store at this unassuming neighbourhood restaurant, culinary or otherwise. Traditional tapas dominate the menu, guitar-plucking Gypsy Kings-style songs play on rotation, and the sunny-yellow walls are adorned with tasteful prints from modern masters (an all-Spanish line-up, naturally). On our last visit, even the illegibly scribbled specials board bore a whiff of déjà vu – most dishes seemed like slightly tweaked renditions of those on the lengthy main menu. As a dependable local eaterie, though, La Bota is a success. Service is efficient and obliging, delivering a quick succession of competently cooked classics: rabbit and celery casserole; a filling, meaty fabada (white beans with pork, morcilla and chorizo); sliced aubergine with manchego and creamy white sauce; and tender-tentacled baby squid, cooked with red pepper, chilli, tomato and wine. Not every dish was stellar (sautéed spinach with chickpeas, garlic and onions was unpleasantly watery), but the inexpensive wine list (containing plenty of bottles under £15) soothed over any jarring notes. Judging by the turnover of tables and contented hum of conversation, the formula suits locals perfectly; we can’t see things changing round here any time soon.

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Venue name: La Bota
Contact:
Address: 31 Broadway Parade
London
N8 9DB
Cross street: Tottenham Lane
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm Sat. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Thur; 6-11.30pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-11pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then 91, W7 bus
Price: Main courses £7.50-£12.75. Tapas £2.65-£4.50.
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SophieB
tastemaker

For a coeliac and tapas fanatic this restaurant is an absolute dream. From fresh squid to rustic bread this restaurant serves traditional Spanish tapas reminding one of sunny Spain. Normally people get around two tapas dishes each and then share, so the more the merrier! I recently went here and shared the fresh squid, chicken livers in port,patatas ali oli and bravas green beans. All four dishes were absolutely delicious and complimented each other perfectly.


Furthermore, the menu has a very clear dietary key making it ideal for fellow coeliacs, people who are lactose intolerant etc and I have never experienced a bad reaction from any of the food. Whether you're vegetarian or a carnivore, this place has something for everyone. I have friends who would thrive off of the vegetarian dishes; manchego asparagus, honey'd aubergine and patatas bravas while others can enjoy the meat dishes such as wild boar, paella and chorizo. Therefore I would say this place has something for everyone. 


On the down side, while the food is amazing the staff are not. I went with my family on a Friday night and they seemed by no means pleased to have us there. We were placed at a table near the loos and when we asked to move we received a rude grunt in response. Our orders were taken quickly, perhaps too quickly and the whole experience felt like we were being rushed out of the restaurant. 


However, the food really does make up for the awful table service, so if you can withstand an agitated restaurant owner while eating exceptionally good and authentic Spanish food then head to Crouch end for a taste of Spain. 

Maria

It is our new favourite. The menu with a twist and interesting specials, good wine list. Everything we tried is delicious. The best espresso I have tried in London. Service is personal and friendly. Definitely recommend.

ivan & renee

we have been going to this restaurant for many years and it was always very good with freshly cooked items served efficiently and without a long wait, this has changed radically. we went last sunday 22 september and were extremely disappointed. there is a new owner and we had a very long wait of about 20 minutes before our order was taken. we ordered all the things we usually had, whitebait, grilled sardines, lamb, serrano ham, albondigas. all but the whitebait was bland, tasteless, the sardines must have been frozen. i asked for the albondigas to be done with extra chili. didn't happen. and it all took ages to arrive. the service has gone down to zero. we won't be going back ever.

e&j

Absolutely love this restaurant! Food is simply great! Service is very fast. The only disadvantage when it gets very busy the music plays loud and people are shouting louder. Could hear each others. So rate it 4 stars.