This was a great spot for dinner. The atmosphere is cool, and very relaxed. The night was perfect so we sat outside under an umbrella while lit tiki torches kept the bugs at bay. Our waitress was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. My companions had the sangria while I had a passion fruit DonQ martini. The sangria, wasn't as sweet as my friends were used too and the flavors fell a little flat. My martini was nice, but I think fresh passion fruit juice would've made it so much better.
We split a pulled pork appetizer and that made up for the average drinks. They really know how to grill meats here. The pork was flavorful, not too sweet, with a little hunk of blue cheese in the center, all finished with a homemade bun and some freshly pickled veggies. Great!
Dinner was equally good. One of my friends had the red snapper with green papaya side salad and fresh arepa. Although my friend was intimidated, ordering a fish with the head still attached, it was wonderfully done. Simply prepared but so rich in smoky flavors, the pineapple salsa was a nice addition. The green papaya salad, and maybe it's just our palates, was not that good. It was crisp but the only take home flavor was fresh ginger. It tasted like crunchy ginger, it just needed more punch to stand next to the flavorful fish. The arepa (which is fried bread), was amazing. The bread was so light and fresh, it didn't even taste fried it just tasted like a light airy pillow of deliciousness.
My partner and I each had the Morongo. He had chicken and I had the flank steak. Mofongo is a neat little dish of fried plantain that's then mashed. I know it sounds gross but it has the texture of stuffing and mashed potatoes, and is reminiscent of some kind of comfort food. My flank steak was perfectly grilled and nicely marinated, had the right amount of salt while still being savory and not overcooked. My partner loved his chicken as well, but I think that I had the better dish.
We were stuffed by dessert time but we still split the banana turnover with vanilla ice cream. It was a warm lightly fried dough pocket dusted in powdered sugar. This too was nicely fried. It was warm, sweet and was a real nice way to finish off a great meal. This is a place you should stop by.