Saturday, October 25, 2014

El Faro Tapas Bar & Wine

It has never been easy to find someone that has the same interest as you, or someone that can click or rather we term that as chemistry. But I guess I do have a group of friends that loves food. Whenever we are out for dinner with our superior, we will definitely love the food that we had. Be it is something high end or low end or even simple comfort food. I guess it’s the company that counts.

Sometimes, we can laugh things out without realizing we are disturbing the other table. Sometimes we take that opportunity to share out our working problems, or even family matters. I treasure every moment we spent together even we do have dispute at work. Well… who doesn’t have right? As long as one could think rationally and let go without keeping everything in the heart, I believe any friendship would be stays strong and firm. And am sure everyone would agree with me that that’s the way we build the friendship.

El Faro… a place where I discovered long time ago, and couldn’t find enough of food lovers to join me for “walloping”, “slurping” and  “gluttoning” till this day. You know when you enter to a place where you are not sure what to have and what to order, best to find someone to recommend their specialties to you.

We were lucky that time to have a chef that came to us and recommend us a few signature dishes from them. The best is their dessert. I know I shouldn’t be writing dessert before the main course, well… as a dessert person, you just can’t resist for not writing anything about it.

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Am sure you will be wondering why? What’s so special about their dessert. I was having a very skeptical thought when they recommend me the strawberry tiramisu. A tiramisu without any liqueur, would you call that tiramisu? I wouldn’t, but after tasted, to my surprise, that tiramisu honestly surprises me.

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In El Faro you can choose your dishes in either tapas or main course serving. Main course serving would be a bigger portion, tapas is more of like an appetizer kind of serving. But in El Faro they are will specially designed many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal for their patrons. And that kind of serving definitely designed to encourage our conversation, laughter and ‘photo shooting’ too.

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Boquerones – Spanish white anchovy served on top of the juicy watermelon with a splash of olive oil and sea salt sprinkles on it. Honestly, it was a perfect combination.

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Caviar on Angel’s Hair – it’s like a beautiful picture that you wouldn’t want to spoilt it, really do not know how and where to start when I first look at this.

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Anchovy and eggplant mash on top of the light toasted bread – for those that do not like eggplant, you may not able to taste that out, it was nicely done up and never regret to have it.

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Patatos Bravas – Potato that is deep fried into a low heat oil and served with Bravas Sauce, a special sauce that the chef created.

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Spanish Bacon – whoever see this will definitely commented high cholesterol, don’t have it frequently, it’s oily, later you will be guilty and so on. But, if I were you, I will wallop first, cuz, you will not regret and it’s not even oily. It’s like so nice with the splash of lychee salsa that they created for this special bacon.

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Seafood Paella – it was sent to us by mistake. Thanks to our camera to have the food first, else, it will straight down to our belly. By looking at it, you could tell the chef is a serious chef that make sure all the ingredients are fresh. How I wish we could eat that.

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Gambas a la Plancha – Fresh prawns that charred with the sea salt when it served it was piping hot. It looks so delectable.

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Tomato Salad – for the green lovers. It was rocket leafs with 2 types of tomatoes, eg. cherry tomatoes, and another type which is rather costly according to the chef and the dash of Balsamic vinegar & olive oil. The chef was telling us taste it with your quiet mind, you should be able to taste out the sweetness of the tomato that she was commenting about.

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Seared Chicken Thigh.

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Ham platter comes with 4 different types – Bellota Ham, Serrano Ham, Lomo Iberico & Salsichon, and to have it with bread that serves along.

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Chorizo Sausage and Sofrito Sauce – Sofrito is a sauce used as a base in SpanishPortuguese, and Latin American cooking. Preparations may vary, but it typically consists of aromatic ingredients cut into small pieces and sauteed or braisedin cooking oil.
In Spanish cuisine, sofrito consists of garliconionpaprika, peppers, and tomatoes cooked in olive oil. This is known as refogado or sometimes as estrugido in Portuguese-speaking nations, where only onions and olive oil are often essential, garlic and bay laurel leaves being the other most common ingredients. Source Wikipedia.

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Sautéed Baby Octopus.

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Clams with Chorizo & White Wine.

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Stewed Mushroom with Rosemary – The mushroom is nicely done up, it was good to have a bread dip into the sauce. That was absolutely perfect.

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Truffle Parmesan Fries – Fries that won’t make you feel guilty but wallop lot more.

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Last,  another plate dessert which I can’t recall but it’s equally good that shouldn’t be missed.



Address & Telephone 
El Faro Tapas Bar & Restaurant
231 Jalan Burma
George Town
10050 Penang
Tel: +604-2272310
Business Hour: 3pm to 11.30pm

Closed on Wednesday