The verdict, if you don't want to read the whole thing: Appetizers better than entrees like in a lot of other places, great drinks, would definitely try again.
Apps: We had Papas a la Huancayna, which is fried cubes of potato with yellow pepper puree, peanuts, and a ricottalike cheese. And lovely surprise cloves of garlic. I have never had anything like this before, so I don't know if it was authentic, etc, but I loved it. We also had grilled sardines. I liked this too although caveat, I don't think I've ever met a little grilled oily fish I didn't like.
We had actually tried to order the sardines and a dish of salt cod puree, but they didn't have the salt cod. The potato thing was so excellent that I forgave them, despite the shock of them not having the cod when what I had steeled myself for was them not having the sardines.
We then ordered the Horneado de Costilla Encebollado which was supposed to be a roasted pork rib. Unfortunately what we got was a different dish, a sweet and sour pork chop. We usually decide to eat what fate has chosen for us when this happens so we did, despite the fact that I could rant for a while on waiters who don't write down your order (I presume that would belong on Not About Food, so I will refrain.) It was fine but, not surprisingly, not exactly what I'd had in mind. On the side we had plantains - which were also fine, not the sort of thing where you expect a culinary revelation really - and yuca. I have only ever had yuca fried, but this was boiled I guess, in a nice little pool of olive oil. I liked it. Caveat again is that I guess I never met a yuca I didn't like.
They comped two of our drinks and one appetizer due to the mistake which was more than if they'd comped the mistaken entree.
We had four different drinks off their house cocktail list, which were so interesting that I would count them as chow. A mojito, another limey drink called cahipiroska, a blood orange margarita, and most interesting a passionfruit and tequila drink infused with jalapeno that really tasted like jalapeno.
Dessert was a big disappointment - tres leches which as far as I could tell had at most dos leches. It was a like a sort of biscuity cupcake in a pool of milk. Nothing like the tres leches I have had at other area restuarants and definitely not an improvement.
They were not very busy on a Saturday night. I hope they get enough business to stay open for long enough for me to try a few more dishes. They have much more pretensions of coolness than the other places in this development and I wonder if they just don't fit in.
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