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Published January 1st 2015
Affordable, cosy, delicious
This is one of our friends' favourite restaurants in the Angel area, which is also in their neighbourhood and therefore, frequently visit here. Hence, we were pretty keen to sample to menu at Cafe La Divina to know what the fuss was all about. One of the greatly convenient things about this place is that it is open not only on Christmas eve, but also Christmas day and Boxing day. It happened to be Christmas eve on this occasion that we happened to visit the restaurant.
Our initial impression of the menu was an instant thumbs up. Recently, we had been inundated with Italian food (don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining) to the point where distinguishing between Italian restaurants was becoming more and more obscure. However, Cafe La Divina impressed us with the variety of the menu, the multiple vegetarian options, and the extensions from the average Italian menu.
Tucked away neatly into Upper street in Angel, about a 5- 10 minute walk from Angel tube station, Cafe La Divina appears quite humble from the outside. Stepping through the front door, then an inner door, one is instantly greeted by the warmth radiating inside, a pleasant contrast from the cold street.
The staff were friendly and patient with all orders, and for a group of 25, that was a commendable effort. The ambience was cosy; the restaurant basically being a small rectangular room, not as wide as it was deep, quite typical for London. There was a bar on one end with the register, square polished wood tables and a white sofa, which looked quite elegant along the middle part of the wall. It looked particularly comfortable but definitely for a much smaller group than ours.
Despite the large group, the food arrived in a timely manner. We ordered an aubergine and cheese entree which was sort of like a lasagne served in a baked dish with a puree tomato sauce. It tasted delicious. Our second entree, a dish with deep fried cheese with dip, was crunchy but slightly less appetising but still pretty good.
For mains, we had an arrabiata pasta, which was moist, generous and flavoursome; and a creamy mushroom, asparagus and spinach pasta, which was also equally fantastic. I couldn't finish my creamy pasta dish, purely because the serving size was very generous, leaving no room for dessert. There were also many beverages and desserts to choose from also, as well as a special Christmas set menu.