Finding itself between Finsbury Park station and Crouch Hill on Stroud Green Road, La Fabrica has all the markings of a generic NW London eatery – the classy (accurately spelt) foreign name, the upmarket location and handy commuter links for a quick mid-week dinner. To taint La Fabrica with this stereotype is to do it an injustice, however. After a decade’s gestation, La Fabrica is ready to take on London’s dining scene with its superior quality Spanish food and wine.
There is no doubt that La Fabrica, with its stripped-back-to-the-brick walls, low light and dark wood, is a dining room for grown-ups. David, the Finsbury Park restaurant’s founder, envisaged La Fabrica as a community-orientated restaurant, a place for Stroud Road locals to grab a glass of wine and a plate or two of tapas after work. Five years on from its inception, his vision has borne fruit. With a wine list that demonstrates David’s peerless knowledge of grapes and vintages from around the world, and an uncompromisingly-Spanish food menu, guests at La Fabrica are invited to sample a little of the Spanish lifestyle in NW London.
For London diners with a strong sense of Iberian flavours, the dishes at La Fabrica are a balm for a city which struggles with sloppy paella and phony tapas. Instead, the team at this Finsbury Park’s Stroud Road serve delicately balanced dishes which offer classic Spanish dishes with a thoroughly modern twist. Guests are invited to ask the wait staff for help pairing their dishes with the perfect wine to complement the food’s flavours – the Spanish take eating and drinking very seriously indeed, after all.
Was fantastic as always! Lot of competition around Stroud green road areas but La Fabrica is most consistently the best.
Brilliant service, we booked a busy restaurant only half an hour in advance. We arrived early and were still offered a table Had a wonderful experience, would highly recommend QUANDOO.
Very nice tapas, good wine, friendly staff, I had the seared tune which was great, as was the churros, prawns, squid and cheese, especially the goats cheese
This is our second time visiting La Fabrica and I am happy to say the experience is still as good as ever. The food is authentically Spanish and delicious. The best part is the service, all the staff are really friendly and happy to have a chat with you about the food. Carlos was our waiter and he gave me a great run down on some dishes that were new to us. Good stuff!
This was our fourth time at La Fabrica, and as usual we loved it! We were a group of 5 people, including two mums who were taken out for Mother's Day, and from the efficient and friendly staff to the delicious food, served quickly, everything was perfect. The dishes at La Fabrica are tasty, varied, nicely presented, and always served with a smile. The wine was reasonably priced, and the atmosphere - always buzzy but never too loud or annoying - was adding to the overall positive experience.
No nonsense, fast service and excellent tapas. With the benefit of having lived in Spain, with Spanish relations, I am very happy to confirm that these Spanish tapas are the genuine article, with the added benefit of creative presentation of dishes and a special range of La Fabrica tapas, which add depth to an already extensive menu. There is also an extensive wine list, sangria and Spanish beers (eg Alhambra) on draft.
A little worried when we walked past and there was nobody in there but it was only 5pm on a Saturday. We needn't have worried though as it soon filled up with people waiting for tables and being turned away. Food was superb, a few different tapas dishes we had never tried and certainly did not disappoint. The beetroot salad was lovely, a real inspiration and so tasty. The lamb chops were melt in the mouth. No complaints about any of it. Yes the wine was a little pricey but again not your normal run of the mill wines and definitely worth the price. Staff were attentive but not pushy and were always looking to make sure that you had what you needed, were very quick to respond to any requests. All in all a lovely place that we will be returning to.
Fino, Barrafina, Salt Yard....I've visited them all and can honestly say that La Fabrica is comfortably in the same league. Fabrica's wine list is especially worthy of praise, featuring a huge range chosen by someone who really knows their sh"t. I will drink Navazos Niepoort 2014 for £28 and 7 fuentes for £33 all day long. An absolute privilege to have this restaurant in our neighbourhood.
Walk into La Fabrica and you could be in that cool tapas bar you were looking for Barcelona. Great thing is it's in Stroud Green Road and blends in with the long-term cafe diversity of the area while raising the game. Fabulous fresh food, exotic tastes and rich wines. Who needs to go on holiday - which is why you should book.
We arrived early to have a drink at the bar and our table was ready 45 minutes early so we sat down straight away. The food was excellent and brought to the table quickly. We ordered 9 dishes between 4 of us which was plenty. The staff was lovely and very hospitable. La Fabrica is a great addition to the local area.