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Camino Sur review

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Camino Sur review

HowieH | Nov 21, 2005 01:57 PM

Wasn't expecting much and was more a last minute reservation. Place was decently crowded for a saturday night considering the place is quite large (used to be a theater I believe). On to the food.

For app, my gf tried the warm grilled baby octopus marinated in red pepper, garlic and herbs. The pieces of octupus were cut very small, almost squarelike. Texture of the pieces was a little more on the rubbery side than I like but the sauce it came in compensated for it. Very light, almost like a vinagrette but the right type of sweet/sour combo to countereffect the texture of the octupus.

My app I got the braised brisket and Fresh Peas (empanadas). I actually got it not knowing it was an empanadas. Not being a fan of empanadas too much, I found it actually quite tasty. Nothing amazing but better than others I've had. The outside wasn't overly doughy and the brisket and wasn't overly done. Pretty good for empanadas.

My entree was the short ribs braised with panela, cinnamon, cloves and red wine,
with celery root puree. Being a huge fan of short ribs and meat in general, the piece here was very average or slightly better than average. Wasn't tender enough nor hot enough but was good enough. The portion size was pretty decent.
The other entree was a sea-bass that, like the short ribs, were unspectacular but tasty.

Standouts actually were the fries (one of the best I've had at a restuarant); we actually ordered another side of them. And also, fried dough with chocolate sauce and arequipe cream was also amazing. Best fried dough by far I've had.

In addition, the selections on the wine menu were very very reasonable and good relative to it's price. We had very good bottle of cabernet called Echevarria from Chile (only $30) as well as an even better Montes Alpha Merlot (about $40).

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