Unfamiliar with Colombian BBQ restaurants, where better to make our first foray than New Zealand’s first? Using wood fired and charcoal grills, the restaurant is loud, bustling and full of Latin flavour.
Situated just off Hurstmere Road, El Humero keeps good company sitting alongside Dante’s Pizza, Bird on a Wire and Burger Burger Fish Fish. Stepping inside on a rainy Auckland evening, we were instantly transported to South America.
Choose a seat overlooking all the action at the grill or opt for one of the tables either in or outside on the covered patio area. Come with an appetite as there is so much to choose from you’ll want to try it all!
Don’t leave without ordering the Empanadas. A traditional South American snack food, the deep fried empanadas are stuffed with pulled beef and potatoes and served with a zingy salsa.
Chicharron with arepa was Colombian style deep fried pork belly. One for the pork belly lovers out there, this cut had a good amount of fat and was served with arepa. Arepa is made from ground maize dough or cooked flour and is one of the most popular foods in Colombia.
All mains come with a choice of side and a choice of sauce. The Punta De Anca consists of 300 grams of beef bottom round and was cooked to a perfect medium rare. We chose the Hogao sauce to accompany the steak which was based on tomato and onion.
The Yuca – Cassava Wedges were crispy and a nice change from French fries.
Star of the show was the El Humero Pork. This marinated pork shoulder is cooked in a wood fired oven for over 4 hours and was very moist and succulent. This was accompanied by salted baby potatoes and Salsa De Tamarindo.
So if you’ve never tried Colombian BBQ, make your way over to the shore and get your fill at El Humero.
40 Hurstmere Road
Tel: 09 489 9973