I LOVE this place! Went last night with some friends and ate fabulously. Five of us shared: fish ceviche, a mussels appetizer, seafood stew, bistec plate with fries, rice, beans and fried plantains, and a stewed goat dish with rice and beans.
The fish ceviche was as great as ever, a big platter of mild white fish (I don't know what they used) in a wonderful citrus and chile marinade, with lots of corn nuts tossed in and thinly sliced red onions (which I think they've soaked to kill the sulfur bite) on top. A few big creamy potato chunks as well, and a really excellent red salsa on the side, fruity but with a bit of a burn that came on after a few tastes.
I hadn't had the mussels appetizer before, but I'd definitely get it again. I don't know if the mussels were steamed or if they were just "cooked" by an acid marinade, ceviche-style. They were firm, kind of meaty, but not tough, soaked in that citrus marinade and topped with finely chopped onion and chile (with maybe a little celery in the mix as well). Excellent.
I only got a few bites of the seafood stew, but what I had was GREAT. Calamari, fish chunks, and shrimp, all perfectly cooked, in a really savory tomato and chile-flavored broth (well, a little thicker than a broth, actually -- might have been from pureed tomato, maybe a little butter as well, I'm not sure.) The person who ordered it was spooning the last of the broth over rice to get every last bit.
The bistec plate was good too, although the pounded steak wasn't all that flavorful, but it had a nice crust on it, and the rice, beans and plantains were all excellent.
The goat was very tender, slightly gamey, but nice. I haven't had much goat, but my friend who ordered it seemed to like it very well.
Although we were getting stuffed, we did look longingly at a few plates that passed by: a roast chicken looked and smelled awesome, the big mixed fried seafood plate also looked great, and someone spied a beautiful whole fish on a platter -- mmm. For next time, I guess.
The bill for these dishes (4 mains and 1 app.), plus some beers and chicha moradas (blue corn juice drink) came to abouut $62 before tip. Service was very friendly as usual, the TV was broadcasting the Olympics on Telemundo, what more could anyone ask for?
Rincon Limeno, 409 Chelsea St. #3, just off Bennington, in East Boston. (about a block away from Uncle Pete's Barbecue). 617.569.4942
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