Ventured to Watertown Saturday night and had a mind blowing Venezuelan meal at La Casa de Pedro. We sat inside but entered through an inviting and spacious outdoor seating area that including heat lamps. The menu mostly consisted of seafood and meat, however, my vegetarian friend was able to order a medley of appetizers, salads, and side dishes (black bean and cheese empanadas, green salad, and sides of beans and plantains). The empanadas were the best ones I have had yet large, crisp orange shell, and scrumptious cheese. The green salad was not your average green salad with the bare essentials. It included a variety of fresh and grilled vegetables, avocado, and a tangy cilantro dressing. The rest of us opted for the seafood rather than the meat although the Venezuelan special and the paella at the table next to us looked enticing.
With the hearty endorsement of our gregarious waitress, we ordered the shrimp and the salmon, which come with rice and beans, fried yucca, and fried plantains. The presentation of the meals was as good as the meal itself. The shrimp came perched upon a coconut shell adorned by all of the sides and a coconut mango sauce. The salmon, sounds simple but done well, was perfectly grilled with onions and red peppers. It was on a bed of black beans with small shrimp on top. After complimenting our waitress on her helpful advice, she suggested we move on to the stellar coconut flan, which La Casa is known for. There was debate at the table as to whether or not we should order chocolate or coconut flan. However, Alejandra, our waitress, solved the dilemma by bringing us both free of charge. This flan was different than other flans. It was firmer and more cake-like yet still moist and delicate. Although I am usually not a fan of flan, I sampled both and found myself yearning for more.
Haven't heard much chatter about this restaurant recently. If you are interested in a fine meal with fantastic service, you should definitely give La Casa a try. Entrees are at least $15 and parking is available in the back.
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