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.
La Fabbrica is probably the best restaurant in the area. I believe it's only been open a few months. We have introduced a number of our friends to it, everyone has been impressed and have then recommended it to theIr friends. Extremely tasty freshly cooked tapas, reasonably priced vino and fabulous staff. The only problem I see in the future is not being able to get a table. Booking is must, unles you're prepared to squeeze in at the bar. J&C
A lovely restaurant. A very ta Crianza 2008 to start with. We didn't know if we'd have food but after the delicious almost sweet, tangy olives we ordered a few tapas. The stuffed courgette were lovely. If I had to identify anything to improve it would be that not enough wine options were available by the glass and only small glass sizes were available. Also, all the waiters/waitresses asked us if we needed anything. Very attentive and certainly not forgotten but not sure why we didn't just have one waiter for our table. Very friendly anyway.
I had a lovely meal at La Fabrica. The service was excellent, although the waitress mixed up our coffees. The food was consistenly good, and I particularly liked the idea of introducing the special dishes alongside the main tapas menu.