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When it comes to Spanish tapas and sangria, El Parador is hard to beat. The family run restaurant is warm and welcoming and serve fresh meals and a selection of wine.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:30
Sat 18:00-23:30
Sun 18:30-21:30

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El Parador reviews

By G.

I used to live in Spain until recently and what makes me really angry about this country is the way restaurants rip off a cuisine, say Italian or Spanish and dish up watered-down versions of it for English palettes.

Luckily, El Parador offers authentic Spanish cuisine. I wish more restaurants would take a leaf out of El Parador’s book.

By Hayleigh C.

I do wish owners of other tapas bars as El Parador who can't hold a candle to El Parador would stop making up fake identities around the internet to badmouth a tapas bar that is everything they wish theirs were and that has received all the accolades they wish theirs had.

By Bla B.

Really great place, been going there on occasion for the last couple of years. Can't understand any negative reviews. Really interesting variety of tapas dishes. Haven't been there for lunch though but would definitely recommend for a nice dinner with some wine. Much better value for money than places like barrafina.

By Frederik A.

Miserable place, to be avoided.

Maybe this was a great place a few years ago, but the chefs successfully kill all the dishes with burnt oil, so everything tastes like its been cooked in petrol!

Unfortunately, we wasted approx 70 pounds in there between the two of us, which would have bought us a good meal elsewhere.

By Michael B.

Very surly and miserable staff. Beware the 3 for 2 tapas lunch offer.

We ordered 6 tapas and when we received the bill were told that the alioli was one of the free tapas, which meant we had to pay for 5 tapas!!.

Offer should state 3 tapas, cheapest one free. Food very average, dry boccorones, tasteless tiger prawns and scallops.

Much better places in London, give it a miss.

By Georgina C.

El Parador is a no-frills locale for tapas with a twist.

The Venue
The location of this joint seems unlikely, jammed into a parade of run down shops on a peeling terrace in the no mans land between Mornington Crescent and Euston station, and it’s certainly not pretty. With its dated decor with a small garden to the rear that always seems to be full or closed, this is more British cafe than Spanish locale – but perhaps this adds to the charm and sense of discovery.

The Atmosphere
The atmosphere can be rather flat at quiet times. The staff can be dreary, glum and downright disinterested, but in the few magical times when the right crowd collects, the buzz can be electric – and if the staff take a shine to you, you’ll feel part of a large, boisterous family.

The Food
The food is spectacular. And it is here that that somewhat disappointing truth is truly applicable: often a foreign cuisine gains in interpretation what it loses in authenticity, and the result is a mix of innovative and truly delicious tapas that is a rarity in Spain itself. King prawns fried with chilli, belly of pork marinated in fennel seeds, new potatoes sauteed in butter with leeks, broad bean, rosemary and garlic puree and green lentils with bacon and chorizo cooked in red wine all sit on the menu alongside Spanish classics such as patatas bravas. The meltingly good, well-seasoned food packs a punch with the flavour and avoids the overwhelming greasiness that can be an unwelcome feature of Spanish food at times.

The Drink
El Parador offers a selection of international beers and wines in the low to mid price range, nothing special but perfectly adequate to enjoy with your meal.

The Last Word
El Parador isn’t the place for those who like to see and be seen – but for great value, flavoursome food this is a gem that is not to be missed.

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