Located in central Porlamar, this Spanish restaurant is popular with the local crowd and offers an extensive menu focused on seafood. Décor is nothing elaborate or pretentious, but tuxedo-clad waiters welcome you with crisp, warm garlic bread (probably the best I’ve ever tasted) and are patient and friendly at making suggestions on the menu. We started off by sharing an tomato/mozzarella/heart of palm/avocado salad…which had a nice flavor contrast with the slightly sweet tomato, savory cheese, and tangy pesto. It was not as good as the smoked salmon and goat cheese salad at Casa Caranta in Pampatar, but it was nicely done. It was also my first time eating fresh heart of palm…delicious. We also had octopus in garlic sauce..again, the flavoring was simple with garlic and parsley, but the plate was filled with huge moist pieces that went well with the lime pieces.
For main dishes we had baked catfish with potatoes and prawns in garlic sauce. The catfish was a large portion, but slightly dried out and salty as in the traditional preparation. This was somewhat of a disappointment, and my friend – who is normally a big eater – left some of his meal untouched. The prawns were a slightly smaller portion, but large moist prawns that were nicely complemented by the garlic butter sauce.
There was a dessert trolley which had some of the most tempting dessert selections we’d seen all week in Isla Margarita, but we’d eaten so much we sadly only had room for an excellent cappuccino. If you want to take in the local scene with local flavoring, I would recommend El Remo. It is a good place to go, but not of the “must-visit” tier (if half stars were permitted, it'd be a 3.5).
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