The German owner of this tiny, inviting lounge has a passion for cigars. There’s a glass enclosed area where the many cigars are displayed. They have a nice selection of Cuban cigars.
The story I was told is that the owner met a women from Germany who was known for her expertise in smoking fish and meat. He custom-built a smoker for her in Gautemala to her specifications. Coal is involved. Once a week she smokes the fish and beef tenderloin for the restaurant. It is an all day process. All that effort produces something really special.
The smoked fish is amazing.
Going with my rating system – here's what I had rated from A+ to F -
SMOKED MACAREL - A …… Exceptional
It was moist, light, beautifully and delicately permeated with smoke.
The dish included a house-made horseradish sauce that was equally wonderful, creamy and not overly assertive. It surprisingly paired well with the macarel. There was also some dark bread, baguette slices and a slice of red bell pepper.
The bread is from El Viejo Café next door and is actually better than what El Viejo usually bakes. However, I may have been mesmorized by the excellence of the macarel. Seriously, this tasted nothing of the oiliness macarel usually has. The fish changes depending on what is fresh that week.
There is also smoked tenderlion, a cheese plate and tuna tartar. That's the entire menu. The fish is also available for sale in cryo-vacked packages.
There are a few ports which change so they are not on the menu. A few bottles of other hard liquors such as whiskey and vodka are available. The wine list has about a dozen selections.
SERVICE: B +
Ron is there in the evening. He is very personable and helpful and doesn’t really speak Spanish … only English.
AMBIANCE: B –
It is dark and candlelit, so my Flicker photostream doesn’t have many photos. There is a red crystal chandelier and along the walls are comfy pillow-lined banquettes. The four menu items are written on plates above the wall.
People do smoke cigars here. However, if smoke bothers you, there is one table near the doorway. The high- vaulted ceiling and open doorway minimize any cigar smoke though.
The house wine is only 20 quetzales or about $2.50 USD. The beef and fish plates are 45 quetzales or a little over $5. Tuna tartar was 25 quetzales or about $3. It is an exceptional bargain, especially considering the quality.
This is a lovely, intimate place to relax with a drink and/or cigar while enjoying some top notch food.
Restaurant record with address, phone and menu
Flickr photo stream with more photos