I was delayed by bad timing and forgetfulness, but I'm glad to have finally eaten here, after reading Galleygirl's post about it last year.
Arroz con pulpo, octopus rice, has a good savoury feeling to it, the flavours in the oil nesting nicely within the rice grains. Bits of green olives add depth and complement the pieces of octopus well. I would be nitpicking if I said that I prefer a slight firmness to the octopus pieces, instead they were just a little too soft when a textural assertiveness could work in its favour. Of course it boils down to a matter of personal preference.
Chuleto en salsa was a generous two plate deal: rice (I picked a tasty yellow rice dotted with beans that added a very nice textural punctuationi) and plantains on one, and a thin tomato-based sauce with onions and olives over two pieces of pork chops on another. Very respectable, but perhaps a slight touch too tough; not a distraction by any means.
I love their thick frothy fruit shakes. Mamey (a tropical fruit of some sort) reminded me slightly of argentine guava paste or quince in flavour. There's another one would Spanish name I can recall that the menu translates to "To Die Screaming" and who wouldn't want that! I think it's blend of fruits with an orange foundation.
They make flan the way I like it. Thick, gorgeous consistency, rich on the palate.
The folks here are jovial, gracious and eager to please. I got the flan on the house. Very thoughtful service -- they gave me a small cup of the mamey shake first, just in case.
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