Purely in terms of the food, I'd give El Nublo four stars. Their menu can be described as quintessential "holiday food", but don't be put off by that: I mean it purely in terms of variety (the "usuals", in other words - fish, steak, pizza, and plenty more besides) and prices that are perfectly reasonable if not dirt-cheap. The quality, however, is better than lots of similar places I've been to on sun/resort holidays. I'm usually an adventurous eater but I ended up having the same mixed fish grill every time (so it must have been OK!), while the rest of our party seemed happy with everything they ordered, from generously proportioned steaks through to squid dishes. Sides of Canarian potatoes, chips, jackets, salads etc. were of a decent standard, and those who had starters/desserts were satisfied too.
What makes this a five-star review is the service and the general experience. We were looked after extremely well on each of our three evening visits (from little freebies before and after the meal - soup, mini ice creams, after-dinner drinks - right down to one of our party being given a local hat to take home!) and never received anything other than a friendly welcome and attentive service throughout. A language barrier was hit very occasionally, but that's all part of the holiday experience!
As well as evening meals, we needed daily internet access (long story) and the internet in our villa was down all week, so we'd troop along to El Nublo every lunchtime and spend a few hours sipping coffee, eating toasted sandwiches, using their free wi-fi and being looked after by the team. You couldn't have asked for anything more right there on your doorstep, and the peace and quiet of the Faro 2 centre - even if inadvertent due to being largely vacated these days, as mentioned by other reviewers - provided a relaxing place to shelter from the hottest part of the day and tap away at our work.
It's a shame Faro 2 has become something of a run-down concrete jungle (though as veterans of travels through Eastern Europe, we did admire its brutalist "Olympic opening ceremony gone wrong" charm). But if you had to have just one restaurant left in the building, indeed in the whole area, you'd want it to be El Nublo. We'll definitely be coming back to say hello and enjoy their hospitality again even if we're right at the other end of Maspalomas next time.
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