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RW Review: Ceiba

gundy1814 | | Aug 7, 2007 06:54 PM

Hi all,

This is my very first restaurant review as a chowhounder so I hope I do a good job!

Just went to Ceiba and had a delicious experience. To start, flatbread with a pumpkin seed dipping sauce ( I thought it was a salsa at first!) For appetizers, I had the conch chowder and my friend had the yellow tomato gazpacho. Both had a lot of spice and flavor. The chowder had lots of variation - carrots, potatoes, lots of conch and sweet corn cakes, and the gazpacho was smooth and spicy goodness. The best part though was how they were served - they place bowl with the "accouterments" in the bottom and then pour the soup in from a single serving sized pitcher... very cute.

We got to choose from the full menu of entrees (only 2 choices had an extra charge) and we both went for the Seared Yellowfin Tuna and Crab Stuffed Aji Amarillo. What a dish! The tuna came with a bright asparagus slaw and some really tasty purple mashed potatoes. All the flavors and textures worked very well together. We also got this great fried pepper stuffed with good quality crab. The whole thing was very unique IMO.

For dessert, we got a flan and the chocolate brownie w/ ice cream and cherries. I knew the flan would be better but we wanted a little variety. Well, the flan was AMAZING. My friend and I both agreed it was one of the best flans we'd ever had. Smooth texture, very flavorful, and topped with a vanilla whipped cream, as well as the traditional flan caramel liquid. They also brought us a bit of caramel corn at the end as an extra treat.

All in all, a great experience. The service was very good, and my water was refilled often. The decor is not amazing but it's a big space and fun to look around. I recommend it!

1341 G St NW Frnt 2, Washington, DC 20005

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