Candela Wilton-manors, Florida, United-states

Amazing tapas style restaurant tucked way in an unlikely place in Fort Lauderdale.

This is likely the best meal I have had in Fort Lauderdale since we have lived here.  Ignore the fact that this is in a dodgy strip mall (Nearly everything here is), next to a crappy Check Cashing store.  Enter the cozy little cocoon and be prepared to have the tastiest, freshest tapas and Spanish soul food.  These dishes are infused with love.  The service is unassuming and friendly and the chef will likely come to your table to chat, and bring you little tastes of things you did not order and pour your wine….and you will want him to be your new best friend.

We were treated to a beautiful charcuterie plate that included acorn fed chorizo and Iberico ham, olives, delicious cheese and some rosemary baguette that was a beautiful vehicle for it all.

Next were the most amazing croquettes which were filled with what I thought was a cheese only concoction but turned out to be cod fish. Surprisingly light and delightful these beauties were dipped in a smear of sauces that had me licking the plate.  We had a beautiful filet with roast potatoes and a monk fish and calamari served with Valencia rice and beautiful rich broth-like a soupy paella but on a whole other level.

The star of the night were these little tiny eels (think tiny like little spaghetti noodles 2 inches long).  They were poached, along with some large fava beans, in garlic olive oil.  The richness of the dish was offset by lemon zest and a tiny hit of heat from chili.  More of the bread to sop up the drips that don’t make it to your mouth on the fork.   This is a dish that I would be unlikely to order from a menu but it was my favorite of the night.

The wine list here is simple and well chosen, a full bodied red from Contini rounded out the menu perfectly.

Although we didn’t have room for dessert we ordered it anyway and the Flan, prepared probably by the chef’s mom—did not disappoint.

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Address

2909 NE 6th Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33334, USA

Website

http://www.candelarestaurant.com/

Cost
Phone Number

(954) 563-8088

Notes

Just let chef and owner Armando decide what you will eat. It's better that way.

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