A suave new Parnell haunt is bringing good vibes to the barrio.
We were no less than forlorn when we heard that the good people behind Maldito Mendez (Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez) were vacating their spot in Ponsonby Central to pursue a new venture elsewhere. Adept at serving up a damned good chilli margarita and some sensational fish tacos, we had become quite attached to the slice of South America that once was. Luckily, their latest creation is one with a bit of Euro-Latino flair.
Entertaining the idea of a classic neighbourhood bar, Barulho (Portuguese for ‘noise’) occupies a narrow tranche of Faraday Street next door to architecture firm Fearon Hay. Boasting a chic rustic interior with glass bi-fold doors that open onto the street front, a lengthy gold bench sprawls out onto the footpath offering plenty of perching room for coffee, cocktails and Portuguese/Italian-inspired snacking from the open kitchen located just within.
Follow the staircase up to Barulho’s upper rear area and you’ll find a unique seating area that opens out to a private garden oasis. With weekly changing menus, house made pastries and traditional sweets, tapas and takeout — it’s likely anyone and everyone from the surrounding barrio will be frequenting this promising new haunt. Complimented with an eclectic beverage list that comprises freshly brewed coffee (that comes with a side of sparkling water, praise be!) and carefully crafted vintage and new cocktails, it’ll be hard to stay away.
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am till late
7-15 Faraday Street
(09) 379 0277