Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant offers locals a taste of Spain. Situated in the heart of Walthamstow Village on Orford Road E17, you can dine alfresco when the sun is shining. During the day the café is open for coffees, cakes, charcuterie and cheese which you can also take home from the deli. In the evening and Friday through to Sunday lunch time the restaurant serves up tempting tapas treats. If you’re looking for tapas restaurants in Walthamstow, tapas bars in Orford Road or good Spanish restaurants in East London do pop in give the Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant a try.
Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant Menu
The menu features all your favourite tapas dishes. You could start off with a plate of cold meats; Ibérico bellota, Ibérico recebo, Serrano ham, Salchichon (summer Spanish sausage) and Chorizo. Or you can opt for a selection of Spanish cheeses or the Manchego with quince paste. I just love the sautéed Padron peppers with a sprinkling of salt as a starter, lovely!
Chicken choices include croquettes, chicken cooked with white wine and garlic or skewered chicken breast which has been marinated in a spicy Canarian sauce. Lamb lovers will adore cumin, garlic and paprika seasoned lamb on skewers or flame grilled cutlets. Chorizo comes cooked in wine, or you can have it with a lentil stew or sautéed with mushrooms. The Serrano ham is paired with white beans, green beans or artichokes. Or perhaps you might fancy a fillet steak or the pork and beef meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.
The seafood selection included steamed mussels with lemon or cooked in white wine. King prawns are also cooked with white wine with chilli and garlic or you can have those grilled instead with butter and a dash of garlic. Paprika octopus is served on a bed of potato and onion. Calamari were also featured, Homeboy tried the calamari which he thoroughly enjoyed.
I was happy with the veggie selection which included my favourite patatas bravas and the Spanish omelette. I particularly liked the aubergine batons which had a light batter and were drizzled with honey, yummy! The white beans cooked in garlic and olive oil plus the sautéed green beans with garlic and sea salt were perfectly cooked. The lentils with tomato, onions and red peppers were very tasty.
I also noticed they had a couple of paella dishes which you need to order for two people. One featured fish with seafood, another mixed seafood with chicken and the third was beef, chicken and chorizo. Desserts wise they offer baked custards, crème caramel flan, rice pudding, chocolate mousse, almond tart and ice cream. Or you can go for the Spanish cheese boards instead. Finish with a brandy, a digestif or liqueur and you’ll be extremely content. They have a great wine list and the coffee is also good.
Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant Interiors
In the summer you’ll see a row of tables and chairs out in front lining the pavement on Orford Street. The exterior of the restaurant building is painted dark blue. The space occupies two shops so you’ll be surprised how large it is inside. The first portion is the café and deli where you will see a display of Serrano ham waiting to be cut to order, hanging strings of dried peppers, freshly prepared artisan sandwiches, delicious cakes and bottles of Spanish wines. Towards the back this room opens up onto a courtyard. The décor in this part of the building is clean, contemporary and minimal.
Walk through to the second part where you will find a more traditional feel. Terracotta tiles underfoot, part plastered and part brick walls and wrought iron dining chairs paired with tiled topped tables. There is also a bar serving a selection of wines and spirits. Out back there is yet another room which features a glass roof which really does have that holiday restaurant feel.
Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant Information
Cuisine: Spanish tapas and deli food
Price: Spanish meat plates £8.95, cheese plates £6.95, meat tapas dishes £6.75-7.20, seafood tapas dishes £6.75-7.95, vegetarian tapas dishes £4.35-5.95 and the paella dishes for two are £25.50
Website: Orford Saloon Website
Address: 32 Orford Road, London E17 9NJ
Near: Walthamstow Central
Open: Monday to Saturday 6pm-10.30pm, Friday and Saturday lunch 12-3pm and Sunday 12-9.30pm
Décor: One side contemporary and one side slightly rustic with a Spanish vibe
Seating: Street seating, café side and the restaurant side plus the outside space, overall room for about sixty people upwards
Toilets: Couple of individual toilets at the back of the restaurant
Reservations: You can make bookings online
Service Charge: For tables over six people
To find out more about the restaurants located near by you can read my feature on Orford Road Restaurants.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl. Thanks: Homeboy and Rich for dining with me.