Came here on a Friday evening in a group of 4. What makes El Limon unique is their live guitarist that plays feisty Spanish/Mediterranean tunes all-night long! Really an experience in itself! We ordered Crumbed Scallops, Tagine and Cheese Scallops from tapas menu. For mains and sharing we got a Squid Ink Paella, Chargrilled Fillet Mignon, Chicken and Prawn Salad and Lamb Racks. Food took longer than you would usually expect to wait. The Paella was one of my favourite dishes; full of flavour and the risotto and rice was cooked to a buttery and fluffy consistency. Crumbed Scallops was another table favourite! Nicely cooked scallops in a crunchy golden shell packed with flavour—that red wine plum sauce was a sure pioneer in that dish. The risotto and salad was an absolute stunner; a light citrusy finish that melts away in the mouth. Tagine and Cheese Scallops was a dip, tasted kind of like pizza when you dip it with the bread. We had to ask for more Turkish bread after to mop up the dip. Fillet Mignon was cooked nicely with a subtly hit of smokiness. Chicken and prawn salad was a nice sweet and chilli dish that was refreshing for the senses. Lamb racks was cooked beautifully. However, while the food was good, we felt it was lacking in service. The lady who served us barely had a smile on her face—and she forgot the lamb racks from our order. The main reason is not repeating the order and confirming it with the table, which is essential. Portions were also on the smaller side, with the bill coming to $224 but we were only left feeling 80% satisfied and full. Food: 8/10 Price: 7/10 Ambience: 7/10 Service: 4/10
El Limon is a good eatery to come to chillax with friends on Auckland’s water front. I loved the atmosphere, especially with live music. We were warm and comfortable sitting on the veranda (with a view). A smallish team had to zoom around slightly for a near capacity evening , but were enthusiastic about the menu options, overall they’ve been very attentive and efficient. Food did not come instantly, but we were not exactly here for Maccas - why not chitchat over a sangria and tapas? I really enjoyed the paella, it has to be one of the better ones I’ve had in Auckland. Steak was super tender and exactly how we wanted it. For the hapuka, may I suggest a little wedge of el limon :p ? Thanks, will defs come again.