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Autentico

St Albans, Hertfordshire, Hertforsdhire

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Autentico

St Albans, Hertfordshire, Hertforsdhire

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We specialise in Spanish & Cypriot Catering.

We’re a family run business cooking traditional recipes handed down over 3 generations, using ingredients such as the very finest rice, spices and Extra Virgin olive oil locally sourced in Spain and Cyprus.

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Reviews (45)

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C
23 September 2019

Great service and great food, made my life so easy as the host and lots of positive comments.! Thank you Mel and Jorge.

A
26 August 2019

what a wonderful company!!! i ordered a paella for my husbands birthday yesterday and it was amazing!! great taste nice and fresh, it was delivered right on time and it was lovely to see this beautiful couple working together, they wereso friendly and looking amazing even on delivery; everything was just espectacular. really loved apart from the paella that melani was very helpfull providing with information that i needed lovely service in all ways! would highly reccomend and if i could.. i would give them 10 stars! can not thank them enough; cant wait to order from them again thank you!!! More...

C
19 August 2019

Melani and Jorge catered for my husbands 40th garden party recently and I can't recommend them highly enough! Melani was really patient whilst I decided on my menu choices and on the day itself, they arrived on time, cooked part of our order onsite and most importantly the food was delicious and a massive hit with all our guest!

C
17 July 2019

Excellent food, lovely people and we had nothing but compliments on the night. Great for parties, small gatherings, work/team events and they even do small portions for lunch (paella pots, genius! ). Thank you Melanie & George - will be recommending you to my friends and family xx More...

L
17 July 2019

The team at Autentico were amazing and the food was incredibly delicious - all of our guests gave compliments on the paella and the professionalism of the staff. Looking forward to having them cater for future events! More...

T
14 July 2019

Incredible service from start to finish and delicious food! We had Authentico for my sisters' engagement party and it was fantastic. The food was superb, best paella i've ever had and the rotisserie chicken was cooked to perfection. Mel and George went the extra mile to make our occasion special and we are so grateful. More...

L
20 June 2019

food was exceptional.i loved the veg and seafood paellas.. service was second to none.food was served on time and excellent service. Melani always had time to speak to us and answer all the odd cookery questions, no matter how busy she was. Highly recommended . Thanks again for a nemorable eve. More...

K
20 June 2019

Absolutely amazing food, fantastic and professional service, and such lovely people. Their passion for decent food is evident in the sheer quality of their cuisine. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. X More...

D
20 June 2019

Had a great evening with fantastic food. Paella’s to die for ! Thanks Mel

M
16 June 2019

When my wife shared with me that she wanted to hold a Garden Party at our home for her Business Networking group of around 40 people, I have to say I was very worried about the amount of work it would involve, catering for everyone, but when she told me that it would be catered by Autentico Dining, whose events I have attended before, I knew that we would be in very good hands. Autentico catered the event at our home over the weekend, and as well as the food being absolutely amazing, what we were really impressed with, was all of the smooth organisation behind the catering, as having other people come and cook in your home can be stressful, but not with Autentico! Mel and George turned up, set up their BBQ’s, Paella Dishes and other equipment in the garden and in the kitchen, and cooked and prepared all of the food onsite for us. They thought of everything, even bringing plates, cutlery and serving dishes with them. My wife and I were able to mingle with our guests and enjoy ourselves, without having to worry about cooking or preparing anything! Once the food was ready, they guided everyone over to eat, and ensured that everyone had been served sufficiently. After dinner, we were so busy enjoying the event with our guests, that we didn’t even notice that Mel, George and their lovely assistant who did a great job preparing the side dishes, had also done all of the washing up and the clearing up for us, then packed their equipment away and left us with a clean and tidy kitchen at the end of the night! Alongside so many compliments about how amazing the food was, it was the most stress-free Garden Party that we have ever hosted, as Mel and George took care of everything catering wise, and we actually felt like we had spent time being able to socialise with our guests rather than being tied to the cooking, which was wonderful. I would definitely recommend Autentico Dining to anyone looking to have an event catered. Think how much you would spend buying food for everyone and then the time spent cooking it, vs having everything done for you and you being able to just enjoy the event. Thanks so much Mel and George, we can’t wait to have you cater at our next event! Mark and Clare More...

K
13 June 2019

I used Autentico for two events. The food was amazing at both. I ordered paella's for the large party of over 80 guests and these all tasted fantastic. I wanted a vegan paella and this was also gorgeous. Melani and Jorget were incredibly accommodating, fitting around all my timings and special requests. All my guests commented on how amazing the food looked but that it tasted even better. We will definitely be using Autentico again. Thank you for making my 50th birthday so special and memorable. More...

F
2 June 2019

I enjoyed yesterday's vegan paella at Vicky & Dan's Wedding. Nice to have proper olives in as well.

D
14 May 2019

Brilliant, used for an event and it went down so well. everyone loved it.

W
26 April 2019

A big thank you to Jorge and Mel for the fantastic paella. Delivered to our home, beautifully presented and delicious!! If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!!!! Xx

S
27 March 2019

We ordered and paid for 2 meat paella posts recently and we were really happy with the food. My husband woofed his down in a nano-second and I didn't take much longer to eat mine! You can zap them (in the posts they arrive in!) in the microwave in just a few minutes and they taste fantastic. Really good fresh ingredients and lovely sauce. Packed full of meat and really good value. The portion size is really large. BIG recommend from me. You really MUST try Autentico Spanish and Greek dining. They are absolutely brilliant. 5 out of 5! (No photo as I didn't get time due to husband's greediness!) More...

L
15 March 2019

Great food and lovely staff! Would definitely recommend to friends and family!

P
6 March 2019

This was our second time of using Autentico and we were not disappointed. 2 piping hot paella’s were delivered to our door and placed on the table by Jorge. We had one meat and one fish paella and the flavours of the quality ingredients were abundant. All the family enjoyed it. A great and easy way to feed 10 hungry people. More...

J
2 December 2018

What an amazing meal We ordered paella for my fathers 70th birthday. We had both meat eaters and vegetarians and Autentico food catered for both and delivers near perfection. Thank you so much loved it

M
18 August 2018

The food was fabulous last night, especially the paella, it was the best I've ever tasted! xx

T
18 August 2018

Amazing food, amazingly friendly family business, take aways and events catered for. A real talking point xx

T
18 August 2018

I have just eaten two plates of delicious chicken salad and paella !! The best bbq food ever .

J
18 August 2018

Great way to finish our wedding weekend celebrations. Everyone commented how lovely and tasty the food was, I would recommend these guys to anyone. Thank you so much Mel, George and Kristian. More...

T
18 August 2018

Thank you to George & Mel for the great paella & steaks at our party yesterday. Everyone loved the food and your service was first class �

P
18 August 2018

Wonderful Paella - seafood and vegetarian version. It smelled heavenly while it was cooking and fun to watch and as you can see from the photo - there was nothing left. Would definitely recommend George and his wife for delicious food and excellent customer service! We'll use them again. More...

C
18 August 2018

Jeff and his family prepared the most amazing paella and bbq chicken for our guests at our boys naming party. All the guests were very impressed with the food and all went for seconds and maybe even thirds! Jeff has an attention to detail to ensure that everything runs smoothly and is extremely considerate to the occasion and adaptable to the surroundings (including coping with 25+ youngsters running around him!). We wouldn't hesitate recommending bbq and more and hope to find an excuse to hire again! Thanks again Jeff. More...

H
18 August 2018

Top notch food and a fantastic, friendly service. Go, go Autentico!

A
18 August 2018

The lunch paella pots are so scrummy and great value. There's way more than one person can eat, so I had it for dinner as well! My 3 year old daughter is also a fan and she can be pretty fussy! � More...

T
18 August 2018

George and Mel did the catering for my parent's 60th birthday and it made the event even more memorable than it would have been, much more individual than going for a meal with friends and family, and the food was the best barbecue food we have ever eaten.

We went for the lamb and chicken and it was flying out the door and people were still talking about how good it was after they had eaten. Very good value for money and excellent quality.

George was great at cooking in front of all the guests and added a bit of theatre to the event, a definite step up from the usual sausages and burgers!

Would definitely recommend to anyone having an event at home, really memorable and excellent quality.
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H
18 August 2018

Thank you to BBQs & More for preparing and serving your wonderful homemade Paella at our recent Travel Event. Both the Vegetarian and Seafood option were delicious.

E
18 August 2018

Fantastic food, great service too! Mel was extremely helpful from day one to delivery! Food was amazing Xx

A
18 August 2018

This fabulous company catered for a family party for us on Saturday. Without exception, everyone loved it. If you're looking for something to wow your guests at your next event then look no further.

P
18 August 2018

A great way to finish our family day - 1 meat and 1 seafood paella delivered to our own dining table. They both tasted great and were cooked to an authentic family recipe. Amazing ! Would definitely use again and have already recommended to friends. More...

P
18 August 2018

Wow wow wow. I am total foodie and fell in love with the Paella. Such a great experience, varied menu and really friendly service. I’ll be definitely using Autentico for my next family get together. More...

N
18 August 2018

Recently attended Autentico’s rebranding in Harpenden and I must say I’ve never tested a Paella like it. Not forgetting the souvla (lamb & chicken) my plate was just not big enough. Could not fault the staff, service and attention to detail to the whole event and I would highly recommend you contacting them if you are planning a special occasion come rain or shine. More...

E
18 August 2018

Mel & Jorge cooked an amazing Paella for our garden party on Sunday - what a lovely, friendly couple All our friends thought the Paella was great and made a nice change to a BBQ
Would not hesitate to recommend - thank you again Mel & Jorge More...

D
18 August 2018

Food is amazing and service fabulous. Could have eaten a ton of that halloumi and the lamb was out of this world! The tapas were great too - I think the waiting staff got wise to us and just brought is our own trayful! Excellent afternoon - thank you so much for the invitation. More...

M
18 August 2018

Mel and George once again spoiled us with their gorgeous paella! Amazing taste, generous portions and first class service left us and our guests feeling well taken care of. We recommend Autentico to anyone looking to impress their guests with original food of outstanding quality. More...

R
18 August 2018

Fantastic, friendly family run business by Mel & George. Quality food cooked to perfection, with great love and care. Generous portions, the paella a speciality. Mouth-wateringly flavoursome! Highly recommended for any occasion. More...

D
23 October 2017

Tasty. Very Very Very Very Very Very Tasty.

L
4 August 2017

Just had the most delicious food from Mel, thank you so much

G
18 November 2016

Excellent food and service, would highly rrecommend their services for any event or dinner party you have.

M
23 August 2016

The food was excellent, both the chicken and paella tasted fantastic! Highly recommend them!

K
23 August 2016

Lovely friendly people and the food is good too

P
22 August 2016

Absolutely fantastic food served up at a friends party! Cooked perfectly & tasted wonderful, thank you!

J
26 July 2015

If you want to host a stress free party, then these are the people to call. Superb food, great service, lovely people. 5*

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We have Two signature dishes

Authentic Paella - Made from a recipe handed down through 3 generations. The rice and spices are imported directly from Spain.

Greek Cypriot Rotisserie BBQ - A Posh BBQ! Not burgers and sausages! Small pieces of meat marinaded in our special sauces for 48 hours then cooked slowly over charcoals for an incredible aroma.

We prefer to have an informal chat with our client so we can understand their needs before recommending a menu. For example, what's the occasion? What dietary requirements do the guests have? Are there any allergies we should know of? Are they looking for on-site or a delivery service, what's their budget? Have they used external caterer before? What did they like about them? What did they think could be improved?

When our customers tell us how much they enjoyed our food it fills us with pride and gives us so much satisfaction.

My father was a restaurateur. He had a very well known restaurant back in the 80s. He wanted my husband and I to take it over so he could retire but although we loved the business, we were very young and the hours were very anti-social so we decided to decline his offer.
My husband's grandmother was a professional cook in Spain and she taught my husband's mother how to cook Spanish dishes who in turn taught us how to cook old family recipes. We have always had a passion for good, quality , authentic food, so it was a natural step for us when our circumstances finally allowed us to start our own business.

Apart from the amazing food that we provide (please see our 5 star Google and Facebook Reviews), it's not enough just to provide good quality food. There are many other skills required to offer your customers a first class service. You have to be personable, understanding and listen to their needs. You also have to be super organised so that every thing is catered for (excuse the pun!) The catering must meet expectations as a minimum although we aim to exceed expectations, and it has to be on time. We add little personal touches that make us stand out from other caterers. We are friendly, hard working and go out of our way to help our customers as events can be very stressful for them! That's why they hire us!

Services

Our Paellas & BBQs are also available for delivery! Both our best-selling onsite catering dishes are also available for delivery. If you are simply catering for a smaller number of guests (10 – 50) and either because you don’t have the outdoor cooking space or simply just want it delivered freshly cooked; then we can! Piping hot Paellas in their pans or even a BBQ on a winter’s day. *Free delivery up to a radius of 10 miles. Further away? Prices on request *For a small additional cost

For all outdoor occasions, parties and celebrations, we can cater for a minimum of 20 and up to 200 guests. For your big event, we have all-inclusive packages and a selection of Paella, Tapas, BBQ & Meze set menus to make your choice of food really easy. If you wish, you can create your own paella. Just choose your own ingredients! Create your own special menu for your guests – in any combination of Spanish and Cypriot food or speak to us for ideas and suggestions If you would like something that’s not on our menu then just let us know, and we will be delighted to help. On the day itself, you’ll see how the simmering Paella pans and slow turning Rotisserie’s bring all your guests together, gathering round to watch and savour the irresistible aromas and flavours of the fabulous feast to come. Our chefs will cook and serve your guests, giving you the freedom to relax and enjoy your event. Serving tables, tablecloth and chafing dishes are all provided for you. Napkins, cutlery and good quality disposable rigid plates are available at a small additional cost or are in some instances provided as part of a package. Should you require extra staff to help serve drinks and canapés and to clear away, we can offer you a team of experienced and well-presented staff to help make things run smoothly from start to finish. Experience the WOW factor! Our onsite catering provides a stunning central spectacle that is much more than just food. Just take a peek at some of the photos in the gallery from events we have catered and you’ll see the unique visual centrepiece that could be your party adding immeasurably to the occasion.

Freshly prepared and cooked and served at your office Office deliveries can be for as little as 10 people or as many as 50 A combination of Spanish & Greek Cypriot food If you would like something that’s not on our menu then just let us know, and we will be delighted to help. We’ll deliver everything you’ve ordered, lay it all out, and return to collect all the cooking equipment, dishes and utensils when it’s most convenient for you. For a small additional cost we can supply all the napkins, cutlery, good quality disposable rigid plates, serving tables, tablecloths etc all that you’ll need So…ready to do business?

From 6 diners up to a maximum of 12. A combination of Spanish & Greek Cypriot dishes For vegetarians (and everyone else), Halloumi Kebabs on skewers are one of our signature dishes. Order a few extra, because they always disappear quickly! If you would like something that’s not on our menu then just let us know, and we will be delighted to help. We’ll deliver* everything you’ve ordered and lay it all out for you. If you’ve ordered items such as prawns or, halloumi that need to be cooked immediately before serving, we’ll ask the way to your kitchen! For an additional £100, we can extend our visit to remain with you for up to a further 4 hours, during which we will serve your guests, clear tables, load the dishwasher and so on. We find that our customers and their guests take an interest in what we do and so on the day we would be happy to talk to you and your guests about the ingredients and the methods we use. Relax! We’ll also bring along and are happy to provide all the serving dishes too. Just show us where you’d like us to lay everything out. You and your guests will savour the mouth-watering aromas gently filling the room, and the feast to come, beautifully laid out on the serving tables. All the while, you’ll be free to mingle with your guests and to thoroughly enjoy yourself, knowing that everything is taken care of. All of which leaves you with nothing more to do than to bid your happy guests goodbye.