Platano is a brand new Salvadoran place. The space is partially unfinished, but their kitchen is already up and running and producing excellent food, reports maus1.

Yucca cocido is great, with a good portion of wonderfully crispy pork, and a nice side of cabbage. An order of tamales de sal consists of two wonderful masa tamales steamed in a banana leaf. Albondigas–meatball soup–tastes excellent, with a home-style light tomato sauce. The minty meatballs are a little dry, though. Carne guisada is very soft, with string beans, potato, and carrots–just the sort of thing a Salvadoran grandmother would cook if she really loved you.

Cafe Platano [East Bay]
Formerly Thai Garlic
2042 University Ave., Berkeley

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