Spanish Tapas at El Parador:
Tucked away from the Camden crowds in Eversholt Street is my all time favourite Spanish Tapas restaurant. I first visited El Parador over 25 years ago (now I’m showing my age) and I have returned regularly over the years ever since, never to be disappointed.
El Parador is family run business with a genuine rustic charm with a pleasantly bustling atmosphere and the service is personal and friendly. Set over two floors, upstairs is the main seating area and downstairs is a function room that can service up to 30 people, which is perfect for a large gathering or birthday party. During the summer months they open their pretty garden terrace so you can eat under the stars.
In true Spanish style we started off with an aperitif, a glass of Manzanilla, a typical Spanish dry sherry with a hint of salt, this gave us time to ponder over the menu, which offers a wide choice of tapas to suit all tastes; there is plenty to choose from for meat eaters, pescatarians’ or vegetarians alike. It was suggested we choose 3 or 4 tapas each.
We were recommended the Guy Allion Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp, dry, yet fruity wine, which was an excellent accompaniment to our meal. We kicked off with Pure Habas, a dip made with broad bean, confit and rosemary; this was a delicious warm, creamy purée, which went perfectly with the fresh crusty bread.
My all time favourite dish at El Parador is the Salteado de Solimillo – Goujons of fillet steak with garlic and cracked pepper, roasted yellow tomatoes with port and butter. This was heavenly, drenched in port, it was robust, beautifully tender, and literally melted in the mouth, such a perfect way to eat steak!
From the specials of the day we chose the Goujons of Tuna with asparagus with chilli, garlic and Madeira, this was seared perfectly; it tasted exceptionally fresh and the sauce had a rich sweet flavour with a hint of chilli.
My friend particularly enjoyed the deep rich flavours of the Salteado de Chipirones – Baby squid marinated with garlic chilli and coriander.
The Salteado de Calabaza Con Espinacas – Butternut squash roasted with garlic oil, spinach, feta and roasted sunflower seeds made a great accompaniment to the meat and fish with it’s juicy chunks of squash with a tang of feta and crunchy seeds.
Plus we had Salteado de Hinojo Asada – Fennel hearts roasted with garlic and honey oil with roasted red chillies and tomatoes, a soft aniseed delight.
Full to the brim, we still couldn’t resist something sweet; the Tarts de Santiago did the job, a light and subtle almond tart complimented by a fluffy cream. We finished the meal off beautifully with a selection of Spanish cheeses and a quince jelly.
I’m a West Londoner, yet travelling to Camden on a very cold winters’ evening was more than worth it, I thoroughly enjoyed soaking up the warmth of the atmosphere and eating some truly delicious Spanish delights. So if you haven’t yet discovered the charms of El Parador, take a trip to Eversholt Street, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
El Parador, 245 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BA
For bookings and enquires, please call direct on:
020 7387 2789
MON – FRI 12-3pm | MON – THURS 6-11pm
FRI/SAT 6-11.30pm | SUN 6.30-930pm