We had movie tickets and had 90 minutes to kill in Auckland City on a Saturday night - the weather was cold and not inviting of an "alfresco experience" so we tried "El Faro inside Elliott Stables. A communal eating hall surrounded by a number of international boutique restaurants and specialty shops.
La Faro promises in ambiance the full Spanish Tappas Experience from a set menu. The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about each dish and its flavour profile. They were attentive, they provided advice on dishes without being pushy and they added value to a wonderful night.
We chose 6 dishes and a carafe of Sangria for starters which amazingly all landed on the table within only a few minutes. The dishes were piping hot and the presentation and aromas added to our eager anticipation to try each dish. We had patatas bravas served with a wonderfully rich dipping sauce, stuffed squid that just melted in the mouth, sweet clams, a beef dish that went down well on a cold night, moorish chicken nibbles and then stuffed dates with walnut that tasted like the Spanish equivalent to baklava. I was in heaven........................
As we weren't driving we went for a second Sangria carafe and a final tapas recommended by the waitress - a chef's special that started on bruschetta with a layer of salsa and mushrooms that really woke up my taste buds. Those dishes were deceptively filling as my waistline point out on the brief walk to the Cinema.
Whether you are into Spanish food or not El Faro is good, honest fair at a reasonable price and worth a try. Somehow I missed the Churro's on the menu so I might see you there!
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