Friday, 3 October 2014

Roman Tapas and Grill, Islington - Restaurant Review

 Away from the hustle and bustle of Upper Street, this little gem of an eatery is well worth the 10 minute walk from Highbury and Islington station. The name is initially confusing, but we realise it is named for its location, which is a leafy residential area, close to Barnsbury and Caledonian Road. Early on a Thursday evening, this eclectic yet elegant Spanish place was all ours, with a few regular locals filing in later on.

An excellent menu offered a whole range of tapas, some familiar and some not so. There is also a grill menu which we completely ignored, being enraptured by the choice of tapas, as well as some specials. The waiter was happy for us to order in stages (we had to wait for one member of our group - late as usual!). Perhaps he was very happy, as he was enjoying a glass of wine while he worked. Quite right too, as it was a rather delectable white Rioja.

We worked our way through the tapas menu, my favourites being the padron peppers and the chorizo in red wine. Importantly, my vegetarian friend was well catered for. It was all excellent, and deceptively filling too. We finished with a cappuccino ice cream - quite a hit if you haven't had caffeine for a while!
I will definitely be returning to sample some more of the menu here, without a doubt. A real find for a London foodie.

padron peppers
PadrĂ³n Peppers - pimentos asados

Chorizo al Vino - spicy sausage with a red wine glaze
Queso Frito - deep fried manchego with a red onion chutney
patatas bravas
Patatas Bravas - fried potatoes with spicy tomato and alioli
Champinones gratinados - garlic mushrooms baked with garlic butter
Calamares - crispy calamari with spicy alioli and dipping sauce
Croquetas - with cheese and spinach
Empanadillas - homemade pastry parcels with beef
Gambas al ajillo - prawns baked in garlic
Banoffee Pie
Cappuccino Ice Cream

1A Roman Way
N7 8XG
020 7609 8034

Opening Hours:
Thu 6-10.30pm
Fri/Sat 6-11pm
Sun 11am-7pm

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