We were pleasantly surprised to find they were offering a set Valentine's menu this evening, the day after Valentine's. We were greeted immediately at the door by the hostess and as we were ushered to our window seats, but as we were about to sit I was directed aside as if being called to the principal's office. I was surprised to find I was being offered my choice of red or white rose to present to my wife. A nice surprise and nice touch!
We were fortunate to have Orlando, one of the partners, serve us this evening. As busy as he was overseeing the restaurant operations, he provided excellent service and shared his and his restaurant's history with us. A free glass of sparkling wine was presented first. As this was a set menu we could choose from soup or salad, three appetizers, three entrees & two desserts. The meal also included a glass of wine with dinner. We chose red which I believe was a nice Argentinian and was listed first on the wine list.
We decided on the Butternut Nut Squash soup for our first course. It was delicious but was barely lukewarm. We selected two appetizers to share. The first, a skewered prawn with aji panca & soy sauce and a duck wonton dish as our second appetizer. Both were delicious and could easily eaten more.
We had a difficult time choosing the main course. As I had read so many positive reviews for the Chimichurri Hanger Steak, I had to try it. This dish is wonderful, full of texture & flavour due largely to the mouthwatering Chimichurri sauce. My wife opted for the Salmon (not a menu regular item) dish. We sampled each other's dish and as good as the Hanger Steak was, the Salmon won hands down! Both were however,excellent.
We enjoyed live music all during dinner which was lively but not over powering on our conversation. It was fun to watch Orlando jump in and join the guitar player/singer with complimentary bongos and other hand instruments.
The only negative on the evening was dessert. My wife ordered the churros but I wasn't asked what I wanted. Three small churros arrived along with two chocolate dipped strawberries. The churros were disappointing as they were small and over cooked. After we finished the churros I called over Orlando and I offered (tongue-in-cheek) to buy a Sabroso Classic Flan for myself. I was surprised to find a $9 charge on our bill for this supposedly free item! Neither the churros (menu price $10) or the Flan are good value and are average desserts at best. We would not order dessert in the future.
Parking is extremely limited and we had to park a block away. Overall, we had a fun time and enjoyed our food & the atmosphere very much. We do look forward to going back again soon! Our rating drops from a perfect score because of the dessert fiasco.
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