Cafe Fuerte is no more; long live Cafe Fuerte!
For those of you who did not know of it, Cafe Fuerte was until recently a nice, friendly place to get a cup of coffee and listen to poetry readings, on the corner of 5th Ave. and President Street in Park Slope.
It closed and a Peruvian restaurant called Beso has now opened in that space. I had brunch there this morning and was thoroughly impressed with what I ate. Unfortunately I didn't save a menu so I can't really give the name or ingredients of the dish; basically it was a Peruvian version of Eggs Benedict. Instead of toast, the eggs were served on these wonderfully tasty cakes that might have been made of potato, I'm not sure, but they had some shrimp in them. The Hollandaise sauce was flavored with hot peppers. A fried starch of some kind (could not identify it) was served on the side, and boy was it good! And best of all, the eggs were cooked just right, not too runny or too dry.
A couple non-food things were off; like when we came in, the music was much too loud. They turned it down after a little while thought, before it got annoying enough for one of use to ask them to. And the coffee, while I wouldn't say it was *bad*, was nothing special. Oh, and the room was a bit on the cold side. Still and all, I'd go back there in a second. They get big bonus points for having kept on most of the extremely friendly wait staff from Cafe Fuerte.