Roman Tapas & Grill, Caledonian Road

I love the thrill of discovering a good restaurant that is hidden away from the main hustle and bustle.   That is exactly what Roman Tapas did for me - as soon as I walked in, it sent a little frisson of excitement through me.

It is located on a random side street near Caledonian Road and Highbury & Islington tube stops and hidden amongst a fairly residential corner.  Not too far from the hustle of Upper Street but far enough to seem like a hidden gem.

There were charming flowers on each table and a handwritten specials menu.  Complimentary olives were offered once I sat down.

We ordered some old tapas favourites.

gambas al ajillo £5.50 (prawns baked with garlic)
paella £4.20
The size of the paella was very small, about the size of my palm.  I would have loved to have more but didn't see a bigger size option on the menu.

patatas bravas £4.40 (fried potatoes with spicy tomato & aioli)
alb√≥ndigas £4.50 (meat balls with a rich sauce)

You can never go wrong with patatas bravas, a Spanish version of fries. This was my second favourite dish after the paella.
pincho de cerdo £5.60 (pork skewers with carmelized apple)

The pork was the biggest disappointment - it was dry and tough.

I had just enough stomach space to order a small dessert, the espresso ice cream.
Espresso ice cream

Service was very friendly but a bit slow at times. They forgot one of our wine orders and we had to remind them.  I would still come back though!

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