As we walked into La Finca, I immediately liked what I saw. A beautiful outdoor seating area, and a relaxed warm atmosphere that unlike most restaurants, created a comfortable, unpretentious beach bar vibe. Being that we have been traveling Indonesia for almost 2 months, a night out with Spanish tapas on the menu was a welcome change to our usual fare of Nasi Goreng’s.
The dining area was set up perfectly for lounging as they had comfortable white washed furniture to match the natural feel of the bamboo structure creating a casual yet upscale vibe for dining. The staff warmly welcomed us and were both attentive and intuitive the whole night.
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We started off by getting a pitcher of Sangria, naturally! We tried the classic “El Rey” Roja, but the other variations also spiked our interest as it had unusual ingredients like strawberries and melons. As soon as we sat on the table, we received a basket of complimentary bread, aioli, and some sundried tomatoes. The bread was homemade and was the perfect start to our meal. We ordered based by the wonderful recommendations of their manager. For starters, we had some croquetas, beef carpaccio, gambas a la plancha, and calamares.
The beef carpaccio sprinkled with Manchego cheese was deliciously marinated in a tangy yet sweet lemon vinaigrette that didn’t overpower the whole dish. It was tender, melt in your mouth, and was a great balance of flavors. Would highly recommend this dish as it was by far our favorite tapas out of the lot! The croquetas were tender and creamy whilst the calamari was paired perfectly with a squid ink aioli.
The gambas were good, yet it didn’t stand out but it didn’t matter as we were too busy indulging in the beef carpaccio and the other tapas that we ordered. Another highlight was the grilled pumpkin and rocket salad topped with feta cheese, caramelized almonds, fried shallots with a soy mushroom vinaigrette. This to me was heaven. The flavors were perfectly balanced and complimented each other so well. You could see that all the ingredients were fresh and of good quality.
It took us a while to get through all our appetizers but as we ate, we happily snapped some photos and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. Although we were already stuffed at this point, our main dish arrived. We got an order of the Carne a-ala Piedra de la Finca. Despite the fancy name, this dish was rustic, earthy, and downright delicious! It was La Finca’s famous hot stone grilled premium rib eye steak which was served with a trio of fresh spices and sauces plus a side serving of fried potatoes. I loved the fact that we were cooking the meat to our own liking, right on our table! Each bite melted in your mouth and didn’t even need much seasoning.
We ended the night stuffed to the brim with all the delicious food and were very happy with our visit to La Finca. Naturally, every great meal ends with dessert so to our delight, we got to try a sampler platter of their churros con chocolate, sorbet de Manzana Con Fruitas, dark chocolate truffles, and a citrus cheesecake.
The churros wwerea little bit salty but was balanced well by the dark chocolate dipping sauce. Tom instantly proclaimed that it was the best night ever as he bit into the dark chocolate truffle. It was indeed, the best way to end the night! Altogether, La Finca stayed true to their restaurant’s creed as they served us traditional, organic, and fresh food made with soul.
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Please note that despite receiving complimentary services from La Finca, all opinions are ours and remain completely unbiased.