Located a short walk from the Geoffrey museum is London’s new late night bar; offering food, drink and a variety of music until 12pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 5am Thursday to Sunday.
Following their opening on Saturday the 8th of December, we were invited to the press launch of La Cabina. La Cabina is the third boutique bar by entrepreneurial brothers Nick and Al Heathcote and from speaking with Nick last night has been a real labour of love. Having bought the site that was previously ‘the yellow door’ at the start of the year, they have worked hard to make it unrecognisable from the grimy former owner, keeping only their historic late license, making them one of the only 5am license owners in the area. The brothers have gutted the club to create a warm environment of secretive coves and long tables, accommodating for either a big night or a romantic date.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a phone box on a steel door; the instructions were clear, we entered the secret code and were in. (This is not the product of pretention, but rather an excitable idea executed very well). Anyway, we were in and quickly greeted with one of their home-grown cocktails, Spanish Man O’ War which was a blend of lots of Spanish brandy with pear, caramel, fresh apple juice and a brandy snap biscuit. We then started on the food, firstly a delicious meat board, which Jack argued had the best Iberico Ham he had ever tasted. I mean he isn’t a butcher, but I have noticed him snacking on meat how normal people snack on biscuits. We then had the Roasted Octopus, New Potatoes and Mojo Picon as “Papas Arrugus” from the Canary Islands. It was absolutely delicious; the mixture of the vinaigrette, perfectly cooked octopus and the saltiness was perfect. Due to an evening of continued indulgence, I can also highly recommend the Scotch Eggs with Haggis and La Cabina Mustard, Slow-cooked Pork Belly, homemade chip wedges and Apple sauce and obviously the churros with a generous portion of heavenly rich warm chocolate.
After a lot of fun, eating, drinking and hearing about the journey the brothers have taken to bring Seville to Shoreditch, Jack and I walked home raving about how great La Cabina is, and how lucky we are to have found (been invited to) such a gem. It’s cool, welcoming and the food is genuinely some of the best quality tapas we’ve had. The fact you can get tapas there at 4am in the morning, I mean that can never be a bad thing!
Tapas £3.50 – £14
232 Kingsland Rd
London E2 8AX