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Embrujo Flamenco Report


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Embrujo Flamenco Report

Curtis | Aug 11, 2005 11:31 PM

Went to Embrujo Flamenco tonight with one dinner companion and we had a generally positive experience. I ordered a sangria, which was quite refreshing, a nice mix of wine and citrus.

We shared a number of items, including both (cold) soups (the gazpacho and the garlic almond). I enjoyed the garlic almond, with a lingering aftertaste of the nut, although the garlic taste can overpower in the beginning and make it taste a bit like a very garlicky hummus. My dining companion enjoyed her gazpacho, a concoction whose colour seemed to have been lightened by a starch or dairy. Both soups turned us both to the wonderful and refreshing possibility of ordering cold soup, which, before them wasn't a particularly appealing item.

For our non-soup related tapas we had the shrimp in chocolate sauce, a delicious sweet and salty blend with medium shrimp. The Tortilla (a potato cake) was less successful, having tasted as if it wasn't reheated properly and simply reminded me of leftovers. The Chicken with sherry was delicious, a good blend of mediterranean herbs, sherry, oil, and olives (without having to eat the olives :) ).

For dessert we tried the flan and the poached pear. The flan was delicious and rich (for a flan), although the boozy note in the sauce was a bit overwhelming for me. The pear was a pleasant surprise and made a very refreshing and eye pleasing dessert (it was chilled and served in a martini glass). A hint of cinnamon and a strong scent of pear was in the poaching liquid that was served underneath.

That food, plus a generous basket of mediocre bread, an entertaining flamenco (albeit somewhat loud) dance and water that I wish was refilled came to around 60 before taxes. One thing that irked me just a bit was when we were informed about the 25 dollar per person minimum AFTER we had already seated and began ordering. Otherwise, it was a positive experience for the both of us.

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