Liz Mc. and I went on the spur of the moment last Tuesday evening. I was passing by, checked out the menu outside and saw a frito misto with smelts and calamari, among other things. Having just seen a cooking show with a gorgeous seafood frito misto, I had to go. SO we did, and, boy, did we have a wonderful meal. Our server suggested that rather than both ordering the frito misto, we split it for an appetizer and then decide what else we might like to order. Because it was early (6ish), she encouraged us to take our time. A great idea, because although the frito misto was fabulous, it is, as we had been warned, an awful lot of fried food for one person. When we finished it, which we did in no time, we ordered three appetizers -- a grapefruit and avocado salad with poppy seed dressing (spectacularly refreshing), a grilled Portobello (good), and mussels in a creamy broth with spinach. The mussels tasted of the sea but unfortunately reminded me more of the beach. True grit. The waitress brought us a whole new serving, but explained that the chef doesnt like to rinse them too much because they lose flavor. I still found them too beachy but Liz Mc. gobbled them up no problem. I dont recall what she had for dessert; little cookies, I think, that she liked. I had milk chocolate ice cream with a warm, dark chocolate sauce. One of the best desserts ever.
Oh, we also had a nice bottle of Sancerre, which our server had suggested with the frito misto.