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Alma

miche | Mar 21, 2005 06:38 PM

I had dinner here with friends on Saturday night. My short recap:

The menu is broken down in to ceviches, appetizers, entrees and desserts. There were 4 ceviches, and 4 of us,...so we got one of each. There was a grouper, halibut, bay scallop and striped bass. One was served with toast, the others with garlic chips and popcorn. I didn't get the popcorn bit, unless it was just for flair/garnish.

For ~$6, the portions were just right. The bay scallops were everyone's least favorite. I remember really liking the citrus zing on the halibut most of all. The grouper and striped bass were nicely balanced when it came to spice and citrus.

We split the Cuban bread salad and squash/queso fresco empanadas. The latter were very tasty - loved the sauce. The former could have been skipped, it wasn't anything special.

I had duck with a blood orange reduction, side of braised greens and camote fries. The fries were great - perfect amount of salt (they weren't afraid to use it). The duck was delicious - perfectly grilled, succulent meat, pretty grill marks. The reduction paired nicely with both the meat and the greens. $18

I tried the pork chop - it was very good. Halibut seemed to be a bit overcooked.

There was a tres leches cake on the dessert menu ($5) - and it was fabulous. Not too rich, perfectly soaked - even the whipped cream was good!

The cocktails looked like a lot of fun - I'm pregnant so didn't get one. Tried a few that were yummy including a Strawberry Margarita made with aguas frescas.

Service was hit-or-miss. Our server was very friendly, but forgot to bring our wine (we were almost done by the time we got it), failed to bring me a steak knife (would have been helpful cutting through duck fat) and was not as attentive as he could have been in general.

The space is gorgeous! We sat in the back room, and felt like we were in a cozy adobe. The blue walls in the front, as well as the gorgeous mirrors and lamp fixtures, make for a great atmosphere.

Link: http://www.almacomida.com

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