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Cucharamama is the Latin Grand Llama

Reynold | May 10, 2008 12:34 PM

Cucharamama ( ), at 233 Clinton St., is about a 10-minute walk from the Hoboken PATH station. It bills itself as “artisanal South American cooking” and high-end artistic is definitely the word. Most of the recipes are from Peru, Brazil, and Argentina, with a few from Colombia and Venezuela. Our party of six took one of the few (two) outdoor tables on a nice, slightly muggy evening (photo 1). Most of us ordered Mojito cocktails ($9, photo 2) with minimal sugar, and we thoroughly enjoyed their perfect balance of lime, mint, sugar, and rum. Some of us were new to Caipirinhas ($8, photo 3), a delightful discovery, though next time we’d reduce the sugar as with the mojitos. Along came a raft of appetizers, starting with Bacalao (salt cod) and Potato Fritters ($8, photo 4). These were fine, but a bit bland—the pronounced taste of bacalao was absent. 4-photo limit reached here, to be continued...

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