After having an awful dinner at El Faro, I re-read rave CH postings and now am so confused that maybe the explanation is that the good El Faro was abducted by aliens that can't cook.
The salad dressing was fluorescent orange and tasted like it came out of a bottle, the "Spanish" rice was totally flavorless, and both our dishes (shrimp and veal) were covered in gluey glop that tasted nothing like the wine or almond sauces that we ordered. I'm sure that a blindfolded diner couldn't identify either one.
Hard to imagine how a kitchen that could send out barely edible dishes like that could also produce great paella, etc, that others raved about. Any theories besides alien abduction? TIA.