El Faro is a Spanish restaurant located in Docklands, hidden in an odd spot amongst a housing estate and in a building which looks like a community centre. It's certainly not the type of place you expect to find one of the best tapas restaurants outside of Spain.
We start the meal with a few nibbles: a bowl of juicy manzanilla olives (£2.45), a selection of cheeses (£7.50) and Pimentos del Padron (£4.50), accompanied by a refreshingly cold glass of Txomin Taxacoli (£37.50), dry sparkling white wine from the Basque region.
Then the dish I judge all tapas bars by...the tortilla. If you regularly follow this blog, then you'll know that I love the tortilla at Barrafina - it's a hard one to beat. The Tortilla de Patas (£4.45) didn't disappoint. It was thick, fluffy and gooey in the middle just the way I like it.
This was followed by a generous plate of lightly battered chorizo lollipops topped with crispy fried onions (£5.50).
Homemade cubed croquettes (£3.75) were light and fluffy, and a suckling pig terrine drizzled in balsamic vinegar was delicious (£7.25).
However, the piece de resistance was the Huevos Estrellados (£9.50), a homely but decadent dish of broken eggs, potatoes and foie gras which was prepared at the table by our waiter.
It looks like a mess, but trust me this was by far the best thing we ate at El Faro, and my only regret is that we were too full to fully enjoy the dish. If I had to do the meal again, I would have stuck with two plates followed by the Huevos Estrellados and made room for dessert.
Verdict: El Faro is one of my favourite restaurants in London and if it wasn't for the fact I live in Ealing I'd probably eat there all the time. It's a real find and should't be judged by it's decor or location because it's a destination spot in its own right.
***Special thanks for the AB for discovering and treating me to this wonderful find!***