Restaurants & Bars 2

Azafran

gabe | Mar 5, 2003 10:04 AM

We went to a
place near South Street called Azafran that specializes in South
American food. It was terrific -- we had the ceviche of the
day: tuna over carrot/red pepper escabeche and salmon over a
parfait cup full of diced, tangy papaya. The fish was not
shredded as in the ceviche I have made, but the flakes were
separated and nicely twirled to look like little roses. It was
almost too beautiful to eat. Also garnished with fresh lime
leaves and taro chip. We had yucca fries with salsa fresca --
awesome, thick chunks of piping hot yucca, seasoned with just a
little salt. It was a BYO so we brought a nice bottle of Sonoma
Zinfandel -- a nice big flavor to complement the tropical
spices. My entree was grilled mako with salsa verde, black
beans and rice. Very firm meat with a nice taste, especially
complemented by the salsa. It seemed a little dry, especially
compared with the divine moistness of the ceviche, but I liked
it quite a bit. The beans were excellent. My date had two small
plates as a main course, skewered pork tenderloin pieces grilled
with a peanut-adobo sauce, over cold golden "azafran" potatoes,
and an order of beef empanadas with cilantro sour cream. Both
dishes were great. We chose the churros for dessert -- what a
wonderful treat, crispy outside and sweet, with a chocolate
sauce for dipping and a drizzle of citrus puree. Service was
friendly and attentive. We will certainly return.

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