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.
We live nearby so decided to give La Fabrica a go, and we certainly not disappointed! The food was excellent and the staff we're helpful, friendly and attentive. We will definitely be returning!
What a fantastic evening. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly as it was my husband's birthday. We then proceeded to graze our way through a variety of dishes, from seafood carpaccio to Jamon, patatas bravas, croquetas and more. All were delicious, as I've come to expect from this restaurant. The staff were great, really friendly and attentive. I'll definitely be back again soon.
The service wasn't great which was unusual for this place. We waited 10 minutes in the doorway to be seated even though we had booked a table. We were then sat down at an undressed table. The two guys who were sat after us got seen to before us. It didn't seem like the waiting staff were communicating with eachother that well. That said, the food was excellent. We had three dishes from the specials as well as some dishes from the normal tapas menu. The fillet steak with blue cheese sauce and orange slices was incredible.