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revised opinion of Piramide (Park Slope)

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revised opinion of Piramide (Park Slope)

parkslopemama | Apr 1, 2008 09:50 AM

I have sung the praises of Piramide Mexican restaurant (5th Ave.) on more than one occasion here. Especially when they first opened, the chef was not afraid to use strong flavors. The two salsas (red and green) were spicy and flavorful. The broth in the tortilla soup was very robust, with plenty of red chili. There used to be a fantastic duck/mole appetizer too....

Anyway, I hadn't been there for a while, but I decided to go again last week. I'm sorry to report that the flavors were very much watered down now. The "citrus" dressing on the jicama/greens/pineapple salad was so bland and watery, I had to ask for salt and chile powder to mend it. (I should have asked for lime too.) The red sauce on the steak with rajas tasted like tomatoes and red bell peppers -- not an unpleasant taste, but not very "fuerte." (I ended up putting some red chili that I had requested earlier on the steak too.) Also, the menu has become much more generic, with the addition of burritos and such. Maybe they think that's what the gringos want, I don't know.

Piramide has always gotten mixed reviews on chowhound, but I'm afraid I may have to join the naysayers now.

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