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Restaurants & Bars 5

Xiomara-Melrose

DrHowie | Apr 17, 2005 02:18 PM

Had dinner there last night. Interesting looking place that brought forth sense of a hacienda in the 50's. Service very attentive (there were only 4 or 5 tables filled.

Started off with wonderful mojitos made with fresh pressed sugar cane syrup (they have a basketful of cane and a special machine right at the bar). The basket of bread included small crispy spicy crackers and toasty garlic bread pieces accompanied with a balck bean puree.

First course I had bacalaoitos which were small cod fritters and my wife had paella risotto cakes. The fritters were great but a little too much ginger and liguid in the accompanying sauce. The risotto cakes were very tasty and not oversauced. My entree was chino-latino duck breast with a ripe plaintain puree and asian style vegetable. The duck was slightly overcooked and once again the sauce was a little heavy handed with ginger. The plaintain accompaniment was very tasty but not too attractive (sort of a gloppy dark brown mess). my wife's giant prawns wer delicious and well prepared. The side puree may have been yucca or yucca and plaintain, not sure, but very tasty. We drank an albarino from Laxas that was very good.

The desserts were amazing. Tres flancitos were 3 little flans each with a different flavor, one was guava for sure, not sure about the other 2, but they were excellent. A coffee tres leches cake was also excellent and served with a subtle caramel ice cream (not overwhelmingly sweet).

As I mentioned, the service was quite attentive. By the time we were through there were only 2 table occupied (this was around 10pm). Tab before tip was around $140. There is an upstairs open mezzanine that is available for private parties and would do well in that role.

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