A rainy January weeknight is never really the best time to gauge a restaurant’s atmosphere, but a range of niggling issues soured a recent visit to Los Guaduales: skipping CDs, toilets without soap or hot water, and painfully slow service despite a lack of diners. A shame, as we’ve previously enjoyed the party vibe at this cheerful Colombian restaurant – pleasantly decked out in bamboo furnishings, framed tapestries of forest scenes and a few ethnic trinkets (pan pipes, pottery) – as much as the food. The latter was hit and miss: a chorizo starter was dried out, although another of garlic prawns was juicy and generous of portion; a main of spicy seafood stew was packed with prawns, squid and the biggest mussels we’ve ever seen, but our steak (served on a sizzling plate) was unpleasantly fatty. We’ll put it down to an off night.
|Venue name:||Los Guaduales||Contact:|
53 Stroud Green Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £4.90-£13. Set lunch £5.90 bento box.|
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