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Ceiba Report

Sallie | Sep 15, 2004 05:03 PM

I hadn't been to Ceiba since April, and we went back with some friends on Monday.

I had the fried oysters to start. They were done in cornmeal and still juicy inside, with a wonderful cilantro sauce pooled underneath and a very good slaw.

The other half had the grilled octopus salad, which has changed since we were there last, but still good. The octopus is just so well prepared.

#3 had the duck empanadas, which were excellent. Yum. I would get those next time. Our fourth had a mixed green salad, which looked nice but uninteresting.

For dinner, I had the ribeye with mushrooms and onion rings, and a side of spinach. It was an especially fatty ribeye--more so than usual. I would not recommend it. It was rather tough and greasy. The onion rings were beautiful--a nice light batter--and very tasty. The spinach and mushrooms were both nice--the mushrooms done on a rosemary stalk skewer.

The other half had the crab two ways--a softshell done in that same light batter and a crab cake. The softshell was better than the crab cake, I thought.

The other people were happy with their shrimp and their salmon.

We all had dessert. Churros for the other half, coffee chocolate cake for me. The coconut ice cream was very good, and the sauce from the cake tasted very good with the churros.

On a health-related note, I would not recommend my menu. My gall bladder was just quivering at the end. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten the special, which was a swordfish a la plancha with heirloom tomatoes and crab. But it was a nice night. Nothing to complain about, really. Good wine, nice table, quiet corner, good waiter.

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