Food & Drink Awards 2018 Page 21 LUX 2018 Food & Drink Awards pride in every dish and work together in ensuring that excellence leaves the kitchen. These delicious meals can be enjoyed with a fantastic range of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails from Spain, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. Rico Sabor’s customers enjoy the lively atmosphere and music that this vibrant eatery brings; and as such many customers choose to celebrate their special occasions there, such as birthdays, anniversaries and even marriage proposals. Offering clients a choice of atmospheres, the restaurant has three sections; the bustling main restaurant area, intimate individual dinning cells and the relaxed outdoor Patio Lounge. As the only Spanish Tapas and Latin American restaurant in Gravesend and the local area Rico Sabor is able to offer a unique experience to every guest, and many enjoy coming to dine and drink in this innovative space as it transports them to the ambience of Spain and Latin America. Customers often complement the food and décor many have said that it makes them feel like they are on holiday, which is the ultimate compliment for this creative eatery. Ultimately, opening a new restaurant in a developing town, with a diverse socio- economic population is always a challenge, but over the years Rico Sabor has flourished thanks to its unique concept and a refreshingly different menu to what is available locally. People have welcomed the team very well are always complementing our food, restaurant ambience and music, and looking ahead the team looks forward to enjoying many more years of success. Company: Rico Sabor Restaurant Owners: Julian & Marcela Address: Old Town Hall, High Street, Gravesend, DA11 0AZ Phone: 01474 365003 Website: Rico Sabor offers traditional Spanish tapas and Paellas with a fusion of Latin American favourites. Head Chef and Owner Julian Andres Ramirez has a passion for Spanish and Latin American food since a very young age. His motivation and drive is to modernise and bring fantastic flavours unique to Rico Sabor, ensuring that every customer leaves satisfied. He has been in the industry for 20 years and has made many customers happy with his creative mouth-watering menus. The magic starts in the kitchen, where Julian and his team ensure that only the best quality ingredients, many of which are sourced locally, are enhanced with lots of passion before being crafted into delicious dishes. The establishment’s kitchen staff have been trained by Julian himself in preparing and cooking the wide range of dishes, they take Rico Sabor Restaurant an independent family-owned eatery based in Gravesend, Kent. As part of our overview of a selection of the winners from this year’s Food & Drink Awards we explore this unique restaurant and the range of delicious dishes it serves. Rico Sabor Restaurant Best Local Restaurant 2018 – Gravesend & Most Authentic Spanish Cuisine - Kent