After hearing such good things about this place, I ventured out there with a couple friends. The setting is very nice and I really wanted to sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere of the cool evening but after a 30 minute wait when our name was called, we were informed that they dont serve alcohol outside (other than sangria), so inside we went.
I ordered their grilled chicken (pollo criollo) for about $8, another person ordered the caribbean delight and the last ordered the paella. All the entrees come with soup or salad and a dessert.
The salad was nothing special, just some greens in a mayonaissey sauce. The soup was actually good, it was a chickpea based soup with slivers of pork.
My chicken entree consisted of a thin chicken breast simply grilled and served with rice and fried plaintains. Nothing special, although I thought the rice was rather tastey for looking like plain white rice. Overall, a good value for $8.
The other dishes would have been decent other than the fact that whatever rubbery fish they used in them made the whole meal stink. The fish was cut into large chunks with skin on and was just nasty. The smell permeated throughout the rice in the paella and the sauce of the carribbean delight. Was it mackeral? Very offputting and I felt very bad for my dinner companions.
Dessert was a choise of tres leches or bread pudding. I sampled both and both were decent.
Overall, I dont think I will be in hurry to return. I can see why so many people come here, given that it is in a historic part of town and the prices are more than reasonable, and maybe fish isnt the thing to order here. But the smell of the fish is something that will take some time to get out of my memory.
If I'm around this area again, I am much more likely to go to Bahia for some good mexican seafood.