Sadly, I couldn't make the Chowhound dinner there, but did try it a couple days before.
And it is a treasure, not cheap either, but not necessarily Westside prices either.
Tried the Shrimp Tomboalaobooob (sp?), the way it's stated on the menu "super hot"
The chef came out of the kitchen to tell us the daily specials (which he was super excited about, but then realized we already ordered), but he still continued with it.
According to him, it would be the best 25 bucks spent on a special. The chef was super nice, and joking around too (Sean from the Between the Bun hot dog stand on 3rd often stops by and they have "cooking jam-style sessions). Anyways, the shrimp was super hot. Tasty, a little too spicey in that it overpowers the other flavors in the dish.
Be careful if you try this dish it may stay with you for the next 24 hours or so.
next time i''' stick to the more subtle dishes, maybe the beef cheeks or lamb chank.
my friend quite enjoyed his chicken and shrimp in banana tequila sauce.
for dessert, chocolate flan, good not exceptional
oh, and though it looks like an official dump from the outside, it is quite a treasure on the inside.
after that off to the stuffed sandwich for some beers to wash the food down.