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La Luna--don't understand the good reviews

victoria l. | May 8, 200203:08 AM

Just had dinner at La Luna in S.F (24th and Folsom). Well bland is the best word to describe it and is almost an oxymoron when describing Latin American food. Not all Latin food is spicy, but it is certainly flavorful. (I lived in Mexico and Brazil and traveled throughout Central and S. America so I feel qualified to judge). Started off o.k with some beef empanadas which had nice tender dough and were crispy, but I wish they served more chimichurri to dip them in. The yuka balls were awful. Mushy yuka lacking salt covered in a really sweet banana cream sauce. The chicken criollo which was a grilled cilantro marinated chicken breast over mashed malanga (type of tuber) was not good. The malanga had the texture of glue and tasted like dirty dish water. The carne asada needed to be seasoned with S&P before being grilled and was served over tough and flavorless black beens with a chipotle aioli that tasted like a mixture of commercial mayo and few drops of the adobo from the chipotle can. The dish also had fried tortilla strips that tasted of old oil. (Guess they weren't changing the oil in the fry station often enough) and needed a sprinkling of salt.
When we commented to the owner (place was empty except for us and another table), she stated that they purposely under salt the beans so that diners can add it if they want. Problem was that not a single table had a salt shaker. She was very defensive and insisted things were meant to be that way.

Any one else had similar experiences there. Wondering if it was just a bad night or the norm.

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