The local buzz was encouraging and when a local restaurant owner mentioned that she wanted to try it, we moved El Tule from the back burner to the front. We read reviews and we saw some stumbles which were probably more relevant when the restaurant was in its infancy. So, we were ready for a long wait for a table (with reservations) and a lengthy wait for service. Neither happened. Although there were people waiting in line, our reservation for 2 was honored and we were seated within 5 minutes (or less). Our server, Cynthia, approached us right away. We had water, chips & salsa (delicious salsas, especially the hottest selection) very soon. We tried two appetizers, one with a melted cheese, meat & veggies and served with quartered tortillas --this was delicious. The other was made of mashed potatoes with olives, etc. filling. This one was not quite hot enough. The entrees were appetizing and tasty. We heard great feedback re the ceviche, but we would not order again (we didn't care for the texture--prefer uncooked fish in a tartare style). Dessert was fairly traditional and not what we would normally order in a restaurant, but we wanted to sample their offerings. Also, the portions were generous and we normally would not have ordered dessert. Ok, we didn't like everything, however, that was because we were not familiar with the menu and had never tried Peruvian cuisine. Our willingness to try dishes that are new to us will always have mixed results. Next time (and that we be quite soon), we will be less adventurous and order what we know we will like. Oh yes, the tables were a bit crowded and we were squeezed in--more cozy than an annoyance.
We look forward to our next visit.
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