Falkenberg Location Website: http://elpasouno.se/
Göteborg Location Website: http://elpasotres.se/
|The decor was outrageously colourful |
& eye catching. Very un-Swedish
which is what it should be.
One thing I really appreciated about the place is that the owner went to great lengths and effort into decorating this place is that it allows the customer a measure of escape. Whenever I go out to eat somewhere, I want great atmosphere and a feeling of being somewhere else that the theme of the restaurant promises to offer by it's cultural uniqueness. Most restaurants here in Sweden no matter what the ethnic or cultural culinary theme, have the bad habit of making everything look like IKEA. Seriously, who wants IKEA ? Apparently Swedes do. Don't ask, it's an ideological mindset of everything needs to be EQUAL. And yet you find such places that break this Scandinavian Design (Logan's Run City-of-Domes) Utopian mold of worldview vision. It's refreshing to find that there are still individuals who dare to be unique and express their personal taste by adding an artistic value and a feeling of ambiance to share others in their community. The El Paso Restaurant in Göteborg is one of those places to escape to.
They have a cozy off the beaten track atmosphere even though they are located on a main roadway. There is also a bit of comedy to the place not only from the surrounding decor but even the Food Meny (Menu) with it's humorous advertisements incorporating the common old west "Wanted Poster" theme which adds another component of humor and fun to the experience. If you meet the owner Ulf Haggren, you soon realize where the theme's decor, humor and general friendliness comes from. He's a very warm personable character and has been in the restaurant biz for a long time. He's traveled quite a bit and no doubt has been influenced by many of the things he has seen and experienced in those foreign places. Bringing some of those ideas and concepts back home to share with his fellow Swedes is obvious.
|El Paso Restaurant owner & manager Ulf Haggren|
|El Paso Restaurant Meny (Menu)|
(use Google Translate)
The food itself (what I actually had) was great. I was practically brought up on Mexican Food. I will say the Salsa and other sauces where safe, by that I mean not so hot. Well, at least to my taste. And I suppose they have to play it safe. Scandinavians have a Gringo Palate on Steroids. Seriously, many burn their lips on Ketchup. But Swedes are becoming more and more accustomed to outside influences. Tacos on Fridays is standard in many families here in Sweden. Go to any grocery store on a Friday and the produce section will have all manner of taco shells, flour tortillas, on shelves associated with Avocados, Coriander (Cilantro) etc. They may even have Corona on display next to them. Incredibly the prices at the El Paso Göteborg restaurant are very reasonable. something not so common with most Swedish food establishments (it's a Government thing).