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Mammalinda -- Lunch with the Alpha Hound

Gary Cheong | Dec 19, 199705:53 PM     5

I arrived at Mammalinda well before Jim (who was
running a little late). Barely got a cursory hello
from the proprietress who, only 16 hours ago, greeted
us warmly and proudly showed us all this restaurant
had to offer. Even Jim's arrival failed to jog her
memory. Not that it matters much, but strange
nonetheless.

The one waitress working was absolutely clueless about
service. She took my order and abruptly walked away
without taking Jim's. She looked a bit miffed when
Jim piped up "I'd like to order too". We had to ask
for silverware when the apps came.

On to the food.... We both agreed that the chicken
empanada I ordered was excellent. It even survived re-
warming in the microwave. A bargain at $1.50!
It tasted even better with the amazing chimichurri
sauce with plenty of visible bits of garlic in it.

Jim was not so lucky with his app. - a big slice of a
layered pie of potato and onions (forgot the proper
name, will probably be in Jim's report).

The Argentine Rib Eye steak, and the chorizo with
fries came next. It was quite a nice sized steak --
probably cost more than $7.95 at the local
supermarket. It was quite flavorful, and cooked
medium as requested. Certainly beats the shoe-leather
they serve at some other Argentine grilled meat
joints. Rice and beans were served with the steak.
The yellow rice suffered from being dried out after
spending too long on the steam table. The red beans
fared much better, but got progressively very salty.

The chorizo was just very mediocre. Jim had ordered
Nose fries with it, but what came out was just regular
shoestring fries. When we asked if this was nose
fries, clueless waitress said they didn't have any and
the fries offered was good. She could at least tell
us beforehand. Well, the fries were NOT good. They
were soggy and flavorless.

We gave the desserts on the spinning carousel a miss.
Reminds me of the one they have on the set of "Union
Square", that horrible diner sitcom.

Time for the check. At least Clueless knew how to add
correctly. We wonder how long this place will stay in
business.

That's my report -- look out for Jim's much more
entertaining version soon.

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