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Gustazo Belmont - One of the Finest Latino Meals I've Had...

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Gustazo Belmont - One of the Finest Latino Meals I've Had...

StriperGuy | Sep 17, 2012 06:56 AM

Have already posted on the excellent Cubano's at this place. Was a smidge underwhelmed with the ropa vieja and other entrees that I had had when they first opened.

Was there for a work dinner last week with two other people and we had:

- Tamal

- Roast Pork Plate with and black beans and ripe plantains

- Roasted Eggplant, crispy capers and honey drizzled queso frito served with butternut squash bisque

So as someone who grew up in a Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican neighborhood in NYC I know from latino food. Honestly, this was haute latino of the highest order. Maybe they were just getting their stride, maybe their ropa vieja is not their forte...

The portions were generous, the roast pork meltingly delicious, slathered with caramelized onions that had some nice herbal something going on. Flawless execution.

The Tamal was the best Cuban style tamal (tend to be more complex and strongly flavored then Mexican) I have ever eaten, period. Savory and delicious.

The eggplant was a delicate wonder, a smattering of micro greens as garnish was so tasteful. The squash puree soothing and smooth.

My only quibble, the side of tostones was on the thinnner crunchier side and I tend to like them a littler thicker so the starchy chew is present. This is really just a questions of taste, and honestly for the thin crunchy style these were flawless as well.

Quite honestly one of the most refined latino meals I have ever eaten. Amazing chow.

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