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rworange | Jan 21, 201102:00 PM     6

Not here, not here

Como means “I eat” in Spanish and I won’t eat here again.

That’s too bad. These were the nicest people in the world and if I could eat hospitality, I’d be a regular customer.

To give them as many positive comments as I can … they will make most dishes vegetarian, dogs are welcome (there’s a nice front patio area), this month’s menu looks more interesting than my visit in December. One of the current desserts is blackberries flambé with vanilla ice cream and toasted almonds.

Another ray of hope – the free house-made chocolates served with the check were excellent. If only the other dishes matched that quality. Also, they are big on the freebies with an amuse buche, salad and chocolates.

When they opened, in 2008, they had a concept which they seem to have abandoned - “table d'hôtes” which in France is the idea of everybody sitting at a big table, meeting new people and being attended by the owners

Looking at their 2009 menu on Facebook, I would guess that this didn’t appeal to local tastes which run to the conventional and familiar. Also, the price was a little high by Guatemalan standards
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

The owners are Belgium, and some dishes are marked as such, but they were dishes like chocolate mousse, which didn’t seem particularly Belgium to me.

Here's what I had rated from A+ to F -
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737141

C - ..... Amuse buche: Gazpacho and crackers with ‘queso fresco’ & eggplant tapenade
D - …. Complimentary dinner rolls and butter
C …... Watercress soup with croutons
D - …. Filet pur – Lomito de maitre d’hotel with Como Como sauce
C + … Complimentary salad
D …... Chocolate mousse
D + … Glog
B + … Complimentary chocolate mendiants

Service: B + … Very, very good
Ambiance: C + … Slightly above average

Restaurant record with more info such as address, phone, hours and menu http://www.chow.com/restaurants/918224

Flickr photostream with more pictures
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7685047@...

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