THE CHANNEL EATING OUT GUIDE: Feature Restaurant
Faro Korean Grill Dining: Feature Restaurant
Now open in Takapuna
If you enjoy eating out and haven't been to try Faro Korean Grill Dining, Takapuna's exciting new Korean dining experience, then we suggest you do. It is very special – and it is an experience.
This is a proven dining experience. There are two other Faro Korean Restaurants in Auckland. In Lorne Street in the City and Newmarket. Faro Takapuna is located in the space that for many years was occupied by Cheapskates, behind The Elephant Wrestler, in the heart of Takapuna's Hurstmere Road Strip. But you will not recognise the place. A significant amount of money has been spent on a superb traditional Korean fit out for the main restaurant and very special private dining areas.
A recent review from a customer of one of their restaurants on eating out website www.menumania.co.nz sums up the Faro experience pretty well. It reads "Excellent restaurant, great food, lovely atmosphere and great service. Finally a Korean restaurant that is pitched at a diner who wants to eat good quality authentic Korean food. I have been to Korea and have eaten with many Korean friends in their homes and this restaurant is the best example of Korean food." This person is correct as Faro is apparently considered one of the best by the Korean community.
The Faro team tell us that their aim is to provide the best traditional Korean grill in New Zealand. And judging by our first experience in mid-June (only a few short weeks after they had opened) they are on their way to achieving that. The city restaurant was named in the Metro Top 50 Restaurants in 2011 and the same formula has been followed in Takapuna.
The experience at Faro is around the portable table top barbecues that are brought to each table. So you are watching your food grill – the meats, seafood and vegetables. A prominent feature, that adds to the experience, are the fancy chrome pipes that are the exhaust system to take the barbecue smoke out of the restaurant.
At least half of our group were eating traditional Korean for the first time, but choosing food was made very easy by the friendly and helpful waitress assigned to our table. Her suggestion was to choose from one of the combination barbecue set menus – a mini banquet of dishes and meats for the grill. A great choice – it was delicious, with lots of great sauces, condiments and side dishes to complement the grilled food. The Korean style pancakes to start were popular as well.
The hot coal barbecue experience really got under way when a tray of meats and seafood items arrived at the table for us to cook under the guidance of our waitress. This included such items as beef short rib, pork scotch, marinated chicken and salted tiger prawns – yum! As part of the $40 per head banquet there was ice cream and plum tea (apparently good for digestion) to finish.
Faro offers a veritable feast, but the food is very healthy and fresh and we all commented that we went away satisfied, but not feeling like we had over-eaten. The entire experience was very affordable as well.
Faro is fully licensed and is great for just two people or for large groups, with the private dining rooms being an excellent option.
Oh, and while you are there make sure you check out the decor in the toilets – it's very special.
With lunch specials at $15 and $16 Faro is also a great place for lunch – business or pleasure!
Faro Korean Grill Dining Takapuna – 138 Hurstmere Road, Phone 486-5050, Open 7 Days, Lunch 11.30am-3pm, Dinner 5.30pm-10.30pm.