Don Porofirio's is right across the street from Barcelo so was an easy choice for a non-resort dinner. We stopped in one afternoon for a margarita and guacamole (very good) and perused the menu. There was nobody else there, but there were several helpful staff hovering around.
We went for dinner and got a hold of the 'Special' menu, which included things like steak/seafood combos, lobster, and other things. The place is open to the road, and they have a big charcoal BBQ set up on the sidewalk. Again, we were the only ones there. The staff were very good (and likely bored to death) and anxious to please. We were not hugely hungry so elected for a sirloin steak with large shrimp entree to share. They did show us some lobster that they were proud of, and they were very large lobsters, but they were dead, resting on ice. I don't think such creatures live anywhere nearby and I want to see the critter alive before I order it. So we passed on the lobster.
The steak was large and very thin, about 1/2". It was not a particularly good piece of beef, but it was tasty and the smell from the BBQ was wonderful. The shrimp were in fact huge, and dripping with garlic butter. They were delicious. There was also some steamed/buttered veggies and potato. Overall, it was a very straight ahead steak n' seafood plate that could be had anywhere, but we were happy to have a taste of something straightforward by that point in our trip.
For dessert we had some flambeed bananas which were done tableside and quite good.
I had to instruct the bartender on how to make a martini - sometimes a guy gets tired of mescal/tequila.
The highlights included a mild earthquake (every staff member bailed out to the edge of the sidewalk - they might have shouted a warning as they sprinted past) and a rainshower (apparently the first December rain in 12 years).
Don Porofirio's wasn't cheap and we had better meals in the area for half the price. Granted, the location is worth a premium if you are staying in Bahia Tangolunda. I was puzzled by the lack of business though. I spoke to at least two other couples from the resort who had similar experiences to ours - positive but not amazing.
For the price, I would taxi into La Cruc and enjoy a better meal for less money, but if I just wanted to stagger out of the resort and enjoy a good meal, I'd visit Don Porofirio's again.
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