December 5, 2023


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Enfield Dispatch | Southgate’s Spanish sensation

Neil Littman returns to his favorite neighborhood haunt

The bar at La Paella and (inset) patatas bravas
The bar at La Paella and (inset) patatas bravas

1 of the reasons for commencing a foodstuff column in the Dispatch very last summer season was the uncertainty with regards to how the hospitality industry was likely to arise from the pandemic and a drive to boost the borough’s most effective venues.

Food critic Giles Coren just lately claimed that key information occasions had been earning him feel guilty about eating out. To make up for this, he reviewed 5 places to eat in a single column with out declaring nearly anything way too distinct about any of them and, a week later on, drank so much at a new opening that he could not keep in mind what he ate.

I hope to avoid this kind of influences but, getting mentioned that, the environment at La Paella in Southgate is conducive to ingesting a jug or two of sangria! Loved ones-run considering that 1995, and now run by the founding owner’s son Miguel Mota, this spot has a great vibe. I am convinced most of the regulars have just returned from a Mediterranean getaway and want to proceed their holiday experience. Are living flamenco audio and dancing have even highlighted at moments.

La Paella is positioned on Southgate Circus, opposite the tube station, and is the only surviving Spanish restaurant in Enfield. Its menu is largely geared in the direction of tapas dishes gathered from numerous areas in Spain. I have eaten right here a lot more than anyplace else in the region due to the fact it caters for both of those a quick lunch and a leisurely dinner. On a single celebration I visited with my girlfriend who was keen to practice her Spanish speaking expertise and engaged with our waiter who replied in the language till she asked him which part of Spain he was from and he said “Albania”!

The interior is classic with a bar getting up the entrance of the cafe, where by you can sense transported to Spain. It is a great touch. The menu is divided equally amongst vegetarian and meat or fish tapas. They also provide single parts of paella, which ordinarily would be requested as a most important training course among two or 3 people today. In addition, they have a key course menu giving a wider variety of paella dishes as properly as steak or fish but, so much, I have favored the range and sociability of sharing numerous tapas plates.

I went there with two good friends and we ordered olives (which tasted of anchovy), fish croquettes, wild boar with chips, home made bread, chicken and prawn paella, patatas bravas, king prawns with garlic and a choice of cheeses with membrillo (quince paste).

La Paella stocks a array of Spanish beers these kinds of as Estrella, Gallicia and Mahon Cinco, which you could not find somewhere else, as very well as a choice of sherries – sangria doesn’t look on the menu, nevertheless most people who take in there appear to be to know it will appear on request! We completed with crema Catalan and coffee. No matter how many occasions I have been to La Paella, it surprises me how filling the small plates are.

Our invoice for eight dishes, dessert, espresso and a bottle of wine, moreover service, came to just more than £100. Individual tapas dishes are among £5 and £9.

La Paella is open up Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 12-3pm and 6-10pm Fridays and Saturdays, from 12-3pm and 6-11pm and Sundays 1.45pm-9pm. Booking is highly recommended on Friday and Saturday evenings. For far more data and to ebook:
Call 020 8882 7868
E mail [email protected]
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