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weeknight at botucatu

MC Slim JB | Jul 1, 2004 11:59 PM

Lovely mid-week meal at Botucatu in the South End. An assortment of empanadas: cheese, spinach and cheese, beef, and chicken, all a bit bland without the help of a fiery, salsa-like condiment, but expertly deep-fried.

Entrees are very fine: xim xim, a stewed chicken dish with some chili fire and great color from turmeric, maybe a hint of coconut, plus sweet red peppers, crushed peanuts, and onions; almost like a New World version of a Thai curry (or perhaps, given the nativity of chilis, maybe the opposite is closer to the truth).

Costoletas are two huge, lightly breaded, perfectly cooked, 3/4"-thick pork chops, plus two fabulous sides: dusty, flavorful, toasty farofa (manioc flour), and very garlicky, thinly-shredded, not-overcooked collards. Both dishes come with huge sides of mixed black beans and white rice.

Two generous entrees and two double apps came to $26, a steal. I'm not sure where else in Greater Boston one can find authentic, homey Peruvian cooking like this, but I'm glad this one is in my neighborhood. Super friendly service (this looks like a family operation, with dad greeting and waiting on us). A few reasonably priced wines, nothing over $24, and a nice selection of bottled beers available. We noticed lots of folks from the block getting take-out orders here.

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