The enthusiasm from local food critics and the public is well deserved. A distinctive and delightful addition to the Latin American Food Scene in Raleigh. Food is tasty and freshly prepared and portions are generous. The emphasis is on fresh preparation and prompt service of dishes as they are prepared so if you are a larger group (we were four) not every entree may come out at the same time. We like that rather than dishes sitting under the heat lamp. For us the Jalea for two took about 3 minutes longer than the Lomo slatado and pecante de camarones but we didn't find than a problem as we are comfortable with starting as soon as the dish arrives and also like to share tastes so everyone can sample the options and be ready for the next visit - which for all four of us will be soon. We started by sharing the Trio of Cerviches sampler and found the combination of citrus, cilantro, pickled red onions and a touch of spicy pepper in the shrimp and combo cerviche added to the fresh seafood flavors. Owners are friendly, welcoming and eager to please. Service was excellent. Yes, it's in a strip mall with ordinary decor but the setting is comfortable and the warm greeting adds charm, plus the location may be a factor in keeping costs down. We thought the value was outstanding. While this restaurant is not aiming for haute cuisine it succeeds in delivering great value, and a delicious and interesting option for Raleigh diners.
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