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Civeche, Tampa

Fritz | Feb 9, 2008 04:13 PM

In their new location up Howard a block or so. It looks to be a renovated (very nicely, other then the toilets) restaurant. It is considerably larger then the previous location.
And the food and service was every bit as good as the last time I was there some 3 years ago.
CEVICHE DE LA CASA - Shrimp, scallops, squid and fish marinated in lime juice, tossed with fresh tomatoes, scallions, peppers and seasoned with cilantro.
This was delicious and a nice size portion for 2 to split, in a larger martini glass. We drank every last drop.
JAMON SERRANO - The prized air-dried ham from the mountains of Spain. Served with figs, pears and apples.
Mine had no pears, but it was still quite good. The portion of serrano is never big enough for me. I wish I could find it as fresh locally, but so far ..........
CHAMPIÑONES AL AJILLO - Sauteed wild mushrooms with virgin olive, garlic flambeed with Spanish sherry.
A large portion, some of which we brought home. Excellent, not buried in garlic.
PATATAS BRAVAS - Fried potatos tossed with home made aioli.
A crowd (of two) pleasing favorite. They almost melt in your mouth.
MAHI - MAHI AZAFRAN - Grilled Mahi-Mahi served with Saffron and leeks.
Light and mouthwatering.
We had one other seafood/fish dish, but I can't remember what. Nothing was disappointing.
For dessert, we shared an ALMENDRADO, basically a cripy almond croissant with vanilla ice cream. It wasn't what I expected, but it was quite good.
The only disappointment was that the espresso machine was broken. I dunno how that could be allowed to go on for more then a day. At least buy a descent home machine for backup. But I survived. I also had a very nice glass of red. Alas I don't remember that either.
I wholeheartedly recommend Ceviche. I wish we had Spanish tapa as good in NYC, but there are a few I haven't hit ............. yet.
$100/2 with tip.

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