As recently published in Denizen, the mantra ‘when one door closes, another opens’ could not be more perfectly exemplified than in this Parnell gem. What was formerly Barulho, the local-favourite Mediterranean tapas bar, has been transformed into Mexican eatery Fonda while remaining under the same ownership team of Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez.
Ginella, however says that Barulho’s days are not over. They’re relocating it to the neighbouring space where it will re-open as a 100-seater restaurant in a matter of weeks. But today, we’re focusing on Fonda. While Auckland prides itself on its diverse cuisine, it seems that quality Mexican cooking is rare among its offerings. During their numerous trips to Mexico, Ginella and Mendez have cultivated an understanding of the delights of Mexican delicacies which they are showcasing in Fonda’s Mexican-inspired menu.
Fonda also offers delicious cocktails that pair perfectly with the tapas-style Mexican menu. Along with the classic margarita, there’s even a pisco sour which is a rare find among Auckland’s drinks offerings. This 30-seater Parnell eatery and bar, while small in scale, is big in impact and well on its way to becoming Auckland’s tastiest Mexican joint.
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