My GF and I had valentine's dinner at La Malagueta in Astoria. This was our 3rd visit to the restaurant and it has always impressed us. Tasting notes follow:
1) Fried calamari appetizer. If you like fried calamari, don't miss this. It's perfection, very delicately breaded and not greasy at all. Served with a tasty seafood sauce, we always ask them to prepare their much spicier pepper mash sauce that takes a few minutes but "pumps up the heat" dramatically. Not sure what's in it but the orangey color reeks of at least some habanero.
2) Camaron Salad appetizer. Grilled jumbo shrimp with a fabulous mixed green salad. Awesome with Chardonnay, as is the calamari. Our favorite of the two apps, we've also had the lentil & goat cheese app which is a bit more sedated.
3) Entree: the Shrimp Moquecca(?) stew... our single favorite dish of the evening and favorite 3 times running, so we must like it, lol. Again, just awesome with their basic house Chardonnay.
4) Desserts: forgetaboutit. Desserts here are just great. The Flan is the best... even if flan is a bore for you, you'll flip over this. Even so much better with a coffee so be sure to order some java.
The Passion Fruit Mousse... if anything can beat the Flan, it's this incredibly "zingy tasting" mousse. My lips are smacking as I think of it... Served in a champagne glass, it's light pink hue, fluffy luscious texture and deep lingering flavor are an awesome "palate refreshing" experience.
Bill for 2 with 3 glasses wine, 1 coffee, one capchino, tax, tip, etc. was about $55. The only problem with the place is it's hard to convince my GF to try another "unknown" venue when she can dine here! That's a good problem.
25-35 36th Ave.