A lovely group of us met last Sunday for dinner at Rincon Chileno. Lots of new faces. Now for the bad news... I've been terribly remiss in my duties. Didn't jot down a note, didn't take a menu, don't know the name of anything we ate. (It's all a blur.) The following comes from a very faulty memory. Those of you that were there, please chime in.
Starters: We ordered several things to share -- a plate of some sort of pressed meat, chopped into pieces, served with onions, olives... there may have been more things on the plate. Very refreshing. We shared an order of the beef/corn pie, which is similar to a shephard's pie, but with a coarsely ground corn topping instead of mashed potato. Excellent! The empanadas were really good (I remember beef, cheese,) I especially liked the pastry (a complaint I have sometimes with empanadas.) Any more appetizers? Could be. The brain stops here.
Main courses: Well... I had a recommended special off the blackboard, a Chilean beef stew with potatoes in a yellow gravy. The meat was tough, but it was very tasty. Several at the table ordered the fish, a white fish (boned) lightly battered and fried. Really, really good -- a flavor in the batter which I couldn't identify. Someone ordered the pork special, marinated ham hocks. Again, very tasty, but not much meat and a little difficult to cut into. I didn't get to taste the tamale (Jeff?) Someone also had a beef dish off the menu, long strips of beef in a gravy, served with potatoes. Although I preferred the flavor of the beef stew special, this dish had more meat, (a little tough, but nothing like the stew.) It was an abundant amount of food, and again, pretty good. (What does "pretty good" mean? Ack!)
The restaurant serves a very small selection of Chilean wine. We had a Chardonnay and a Merlot, they were serviceable.
A warning... we got there at 5PM on Sunday, a big family day for them. The restaurant was half full. By 5:30 the place was empty and they were out of things.
The food was good, the company was excellent (welcome Sue, George, Jeff), forgive me for all my negligence.