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Coral Gables - Peruvian Seafood Review

Moyn | Jul 1, 200208:10 AM

We discovered this little gem just this past weekend, while searching for Peruvian seafood in the Weekend section of the Herald.
This had been reviewed back in March, and escaped our watchful eyes... with "exceptional" rating for the food. The meal was a delight, from ambience, to service to food preparation & presentation, and, of course taste.
We wanted to eat "light" so we began with a bottle of sparkly Spanish wine and an appetizer of pulpo in olive mayonnaise. This was served wonderfully, in individual hard shells & on a bed of shredded lettuce with red peppers. Homemade olive rolls (black and white) were served also, with a dipping oil mixed with balsamic and pepper.
Then I had squid stuffed with shrimp which was then lightly breaded and fried into little logs (much like 1/2 sized egg rolls). This was garnished with greens & served with a tartare sauce (homemade). The fish was done just perfectly, so that when you bit into it, the calamari was perfectly tender, and the shrimp still had a bite, weren't at all mushy!! In retrospect, I should have asked for one of the hotter Peruvian sauces, in place of the tartare, since despite the fact that the tartare was nice, it was "ordinary". My hubby ordered perfectly cooked tuna steak in an herb sauce, surrounded by sauteed veggies. We finished up with the "national" dessert, called something like Luluca. It was a butterscotch like pudding over a brownie like cake, served in a goblet. (This was superfluous & was Okay, but we DID want to sample a sweet that was representative of their country.)
I forgot to tell you, the name of the place is Francesco's, on Alcazar in the Gables & it is owned by the son of a man in Peru (LIma), who owns the BEST restaurant in the country, by the same name!!!
The prices are VERY reasonable. Most everything on the menu is fish and seafood, but I did notice one beef tenderloin listed! (Cannot remember the price, but "think" I thought it was high, considering the other prices.)
The decor is lovely and the crowd is upscale! Do give it a try and tell what you've ordered. I look forward to trying something different on my next visit!!!

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