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Cafe Bariloche, Ventura review

snackish | Aug 29, 200402:04 PM

I thought I would like this place much better than I did. They serve South American food, of what nationality I am not sure.

The service was the weakest point, with drinks not arriving until 10 minutes after the appetizer, and we had to ask for the bread that the table next to us got. And though a server visited the table twice, she left my quite-finished salad plate both times and didn't clear it until she brought the entree.

We got 2 types of empanadas, both of which were good - Rajas (chile) and corn-squash, which was excellent, a nice mix of textures. The outside of the empanada was crisp and thin.

The meal came with salads that were prettier than tasty, no choice of dressing, and the house dressing didn't have a lot of flavor. Nice fresh veggies though.

I got the tofu mexicana, spicy, which was extremely spicy and didn't have a lot of flavor apart from heat. The cilantro rice with it was nice, and the black beans were flavorful and very tasty.

Mr. Snackish had a pastel de choclo, something neither of us had tried before and he hated it. Sort of a cornmeal mush topping over a meat stew. The cornmeal was very, very runny and he said it ruined the texture of the meat beneath.

Bread pudding for dessert. More like pumpkin pie in texture and flavor, served in a pool of cream with caramel sauce. Good, but not my idea of bread pudding.

It is a small room with very very bad idealistic peacenik art (and I am an idealistic peacenik). Not fancy, but a step above casual.

I would be willing to give it a second try, partly because anything even halfway decent is so hard to find in Ventura. Mr. Snackish may give it a skip.

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