The Spanish know good food and Raquel's Spanish Kitchen seems to be able to get it right when it comes to the authenticity factor. Situated on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, Raquel's was one of the premiere Spanish restaurants in Sydney.
Its homey feel comes the predecessor, Raquel, a Castilian woman, and is now maintained by her successor Maria.
The restaurant features a popular $25 per person menu that comprises of two courses, which can be picked from the specials menu. If you have a good appetite, which I recommend that you do for Raquel's, try the $40 per person menu that includes 3 courses and half a liter of Sangria. Raquel's has place for big groups too, which would need prior reservation. At $45 per person, the restaurant will lay out a full display of canapes, tapas and dessert.
Apart from the conventional Spanish tapas dishes such as the Chorizo de Pollo and the Empanadillas de Pisto, those seeking some adventure can try the Conejo con Salsa de Ciruela (slow roasted white rabbit with prune and ginger sauce) and Pato al Confit (roasted duck leg with fig jus).
Perhaps the homely style of Raquel is what keeps the place going. Relying on old-fashioned word of mouth and traditional recipes passed through generations, it looks like a great place to experience culture and cuisine.
This restaurant is very good in making people sick and terrible with their bad manner, unfriendly services. I lived in Sydney for 10 years and this is the first time I experienced such a bad customer service. It really makes me sick and upset. One day, I tried to find a restaurant from internet because I ran out of idea where should my friends and I eat. I found this restaurant online and when I read the reviews, I assumed that I should try this one. Few bad reviews didn't influence my decision. Finally, I went there with two of my friends on Friday night. We ordered the food and enjoying chating while waiting. However, 30 minutes passed and nothing happen. When I asked the staffs about the food, they said they forgot to put the order to the kitchen. We understood but you know, we are human, very hungry and cannot control the emotion so we complained abit. Suddenly, one people called Maria came in and started to argue with us. She was not apologising but rose her voice. My Friends and I felt so embarrasing because we thought this is a quiet restaurant where people enjoying the food. We were almost silent because we were so surprised the way she treated her customers. The way her talk sound like we should just go to other place to eat and never come back if we dont have patient! She even showed her angry face to us. I was thinking, is it because she is very rich? too many customers so that she doesn't care about others? I can't imagine this kind of restaurant exist in Sydney. It is so IRRITATING! it ruins our mood all of sudden. One of my friends felt so terrible and trauma with spanish restaurant. People, please listen to me. Don't go to that restaurants no matter how good, how cheap is the food. They put Special on Monday and Sunday but they are actually not willing to do it truthly. They felt like they are being riped off if people order those menus. That's why they start to humiliate people when people asking questions about the restaurants and food. They tried to extra charge people who is the first time in their restaurant by pretending they calculate the bill wrongly, tried to change the rule anytime they want by having surcharge for example. I knew this when I talked about this with one of my friend's friend who happen to eat there one time. So people, please, if you want to have a quiet dinner, happy time, enjoying the food with friends or family, please don't visit that restaurant. Additionally, if you are looking for affortable food, please don't go because you will ended up being humiliated. Pride is mroe important than money. There are always better restaurants out there and affortable than this. Don't ruin your day!