You know that scene in Dangerous Liaisons where the Malkovich character replies to every question that Michelle Pfeiffer asks him Fine?
Well, dinner at La Fonda had kinda the same feeling for me. This place had been on my list to try for a while as it pretty new and pretty near me, but I didnt get there until after a favorable review in the Reader. Though service was a little haphazard due to probably more folks than they are used to (and I heard at least one table talking about the Reader review), I dont think it really affected the food flavors, all of which were fine.
Special of curry shrimp in basket of plaintains - Fine
Picada (sampler of morcilla, chicharron, sausage, yucca fries, plaintains): Fine, though the morcilla was above average
Arepa stuffed with Mushrooms Fine
Churrasco (Skirt Steak with chimichurri sauce)
Special Lamb Chops with a tamarindo sauce (4 lamb chops in a tamarind reduction that was slightly too sweet for my taste)
Striped Bass with a sauce I forget pretty bland, except for the visual presentation with a chile standing straight out of it
All Fine, the bass was the least flavorful, the Churrasco probably the best
White Rice with Black Beans
Ajiaco soup potato and leek soup in a chickeny broth
Figs with Light Caramel Ice Cream (Ice Cream was only lightly flavored and went well with the ripe figs)
Crepes with Dulce de Leche and Kahlua sauce, walnuts
Entrees were in the $14-18 range, some slightly higher among the specials.
As I mentioned everything was just fine, nothing was bad, but nothing stood out, or would make me want to really want to have it again. The cumulative effect was of forgettability, in fact I think if I waited another day or two to write this I wouldnt remember what we ate.
La Fonda Restaurant
5350 N Broadway St