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Xiomara on Melrose - Review

Steve-o | Sep 18, 200504:06 AM

I took my wife to Xiomara on Melrose after seeing the King Tut exhibit last night. Synopsis - not worth the price we paid.

First, we walked in at 7:15 for a 7:30 reservation and the place was empty, only 3 other tables occupied. We were seated upstairs and it was very dark, yet fine because we enjoy having our privacy.

Drinks - I had the BEST mojito I have ever had. The waitress recommended a glass of Tempranillo, Finca Antigua a Spanish red wine for my wife. Delicious. And we always order a liter bottle of sparkling water wherever we go, at both nice and neighborhood spots.

Bread and Amuse - The bread basket was great served with a black bean dipping sauce that was really good. I do not remember exactly what was served for the amuse, but it was tasty.

We ordered 2 apps and 1 main course to share. This is where things got off course.

Apps - They were first served to the wrong table. Not such a big deal but this happened to us later with someone else's apps served to us and there were only 4 tables occupied upstairs. 1. Charcuterie - a selection of Spanish cured sausages and meat. This was excellent with very good flavors. Nothing prepared in house so they just bought good items to slice up and serve. 2. Steamed Mussels - the sauce was delicious and hot but the mussels were cooler than room temp and also a little chewy. We dipped the mussels in the sauce and made them hot. We figured they just cooled off from the trip upstairs. We have had much better mussels and sauce at many different places around the city.

Main Course - Pa’canton Giant Prawns $26.50: mango-rum glazed giant prawns with coriander
malanga and Chinese soy bean sauce. Giant prawns?? Wrong. We were served 5 medium shrimp. We had to send back the dish because once again this dish was barely room temp, not even remotely hot or warm. By this time there were only 10 tables occupied, so I do not understand how our dish got cold. Even after returning the dish, the malanga was steaming, but the shrimp were only luke warm on the first bite. Barely passable. The malanga and vegetables had a very good flavor, but the shrimp were just like plain grilled shrimp with no flavor of mango or rum as described. Nothing special and not worth the price.

Dessert and Coffee - We pre-ordered the chocolate souffle. It came piping hot with cream sauce for the middle. Excellent flavor, but just too rich for the 2 of us to finish.

The total for everything for the 2 of us including tax and tip was $130. The service was good execpt for the runners more than once delivering the wrong food. For this price for what we ordered, we expected much more flavorful food from their kitchen. We were highly disappointed and won't be returning to this place. (But it did not ruin our evening, becuase we were on date night away from the kids!!)

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