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10 reviews of Windmill in English
I'd read about this place and decided to give it a try. A fantastic decision: it's not massive, but the restaurant is really welcoming. I was lucky to get a table, as there were two large groups eating on the Saturday night and I hadn't reserved, but they found me a table and looked after me from start to finish.
As someone else has said, the idea of 'tapas' is not Portuguese, but I would heartily recommend you to sample two or three of them instead of the main courses. The sweet and sour mussels. the clams a la marinera, the ensopado (lamb stew with peppers) were amazing: both quantity and quality.
A good bottle of Dao on the Saturday, but when I went back on the Sunday evening I opted for the house red, perfectly drinkable.
Excellent value for money, excellent food, and great people.
I'll be back!
Ate their yesterday. All I can say that it was the tastiest meal out I have had in ages. Well cooked and presented. To be honest the tapas was too much for us and we had ordered a main meal course as well. Will know better next time. Can’t wait.
Almost 'disguised' as yet another run of the mill caff from the outside, The Windmill is a hidden gem in Walthamstow.
Portuguese tapas that are rammed full of flavour, perfectly cooked, decent sized dishes and fantastic value for money - especially if you're in a larger group.
Since becoming licensed they do now charge £3/bottle corkage, which isn't outrageous!
Tucked away down the far end of Walthamstow high street, the Windmill tapas restaurant is something of a hidden gem. Every meal I've had here has been really tasty, and the byo policy helps contribute to the excellent value for money. I would recommend the lamb with rosemary or the clams in spicy sauce !
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danrkelly, 14 March 2011:
I would argue that the Windmill is at the NEAR end of the High Street as it is a mile closer to central London that the "Village" area of E17. The Windmill is 30 seconds walk from St James Street station which is one stop BEFORE Walthamstow Central if travelling from Liverpool Street or Hackney. Having said that I still don't get down there often enough.
Big portions, very tasty simple cooking. The patatas bravas are definitely a star - spicey and well-cooked. A caff menu of omelettes, breakfasts etc. sits alongside the Tapas classics menu - and it all delivers what you'd expect: hearty stuff done well without any fanciness. And it's very kid-friendly. Friendly all-round really!
Great local restuarant. Very friendly and service was efficient on my last visit. My Portguese friend is not aware of the concept of Portuguese tapas, so authenticity might be a doubt. Meat dishes were delicious and notably more successful than vegetable ones. In my experience, you can BYO wine for small corkage fee and a polite request. Very good value.
Lovely little Portuguese tapas restaurant. Very family friendly. Often go along for sunday brunch and nice buzzy atmosphere. The patates bravas are spicy and delicious - my favourite, particularly with an ice cold Sagres beer.
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