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El Molino

by Krista
El molino

El Molino
379 Holloway Road
N7 0RN

Date of Last Visit:Saturday, November 21st, 2008

The Victim: Me

The Damage: Less than £15

The Background: Muna is getting married soon. It's black tie. I need something to wear. She sends me to one of the most bizarre places in London I have yet to experience. Fonthill Road by Finsbury Park tube.One shop after another, filled with strange and sparkly poufy things.

You know I'm more a Boden-kind-of-gal. Or Banana Republic. Hmmm.

But I'm here. And I need a dress. A long one. It takes me a while. But I persevere. And I'm done at lunchtime! How convenient!

Now, Google Maps. I love Google Maps. I GPS my location. I search for restaurants in the nearby area. And hey, there's a Japanese one. You know I like Japanese food. It's called Hana and it's on Seven Sisters.

And well, at 12 noon, it's not open. So I Google again. And I'm taken to a Spanish place on Holloway Road. So I go.

And I'm the only one there. And no one really seems to speak Spanish, as far as I can tell. (Although maybe it was Catalan?) 

One tortilla. (Very good. Just the right size.) Some croquetas. (OK. Just okay.) And my big mistake…asparagus with bread crumbs, which turned out to be CANNED/TINNED asparagus, deep fried. Revolting. Yuk.

The Verdict: Everyone seems to really like this place. Except for me. But really, the tortilla was good.

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Jason Mical November 26, 2008 - 10:20 am

I literally live right around the corner from this place and it seems really hit and miss, especially for the area and the relatively spendy food (you can do better if you bus down Holloway Road to Upper Street.) So I have to concur with your review.

Anthony Silverbrow November 26, 2008 - 11:45 am

The Spanish confusion might be because it’s Colombian rather than Spanish. Not sure if this place is one of them, but there are a number of shops and restaurants on that stretch of the road that make up a little-Bogota. Can’t say I’ve eaten in any of them though.

Krista November 26, 2008 - 3:55 pm

Antony…Have you heard Columbian Spanish? It is very proper Spanish. Apparently, if you really want to learn Spanish in South America, Columbia is the place to go! So I don’t think they were Columbias. Yo entiendo espanol. Un poco. And I didn’t understand anything at El Molino.

Gerry December 10, 2008 - 12:03 am

Ohh Krista I could have told you that! Its not very good that place. The italian nearby amici has good pizza though.

I don’t think Columbian Spanish is *that* close to Spanish Spanish. Its very similar to the way we speak it in Costa Rica, and although its closer than Mexican Spanish its not nearly close enough to be easily confused. Some of the wording is a bit closer, but the accent is still very different…

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