any or all who know me know that I love the food of spain, have lived in spain, speak spanish and generally bang on about spain all the time. and for good reason. the food is FAB. the wine is fab too. and of course there is BARCA. need i say more. so every now and then when its been a while since i've visited spain i like to check out some restaurants or tapas bars where i live. mel and i live in london now so there is a good choice. and we have checked a few of them out. my favourite to date in london city is garcia and sons and la plaza which are both in portobello road london. and there have been others like the salt yard and dehesa which are good yes but not really the kinda spain im looking for. just a bit too over the top for me and way too expensive. however, a recent saving grace has been our discovery of la bota in crouch end. mel and i have checked it out a couple of times to sample the beer from galicia and try a tapa or two. last nite i was totally craving spanish food so we decided to go for a longer visit and sample some more food and wine. they have a set menu but they also have a rotating specials board which i would recommend if you pay them a visit. seems like most things on the specials board are good, fresh and made with passion. they have an excellent wine choice too and the service is flawless. if you are in crouch end please pay them a visit. the prices are very reasonable too. they are also huge barcelona fans and regularly show la liga on tv screen.