RW Review: Ceiba
This is my very first restaurant review as a chowhounder so I hope I do a good job!
Just went to Ceiba and had a delicious experience. To start, flatbread with a pumpkin seed dipping sauce ( I thought it was a salsa at first!) For appetizers, I had the conch chowder and my friend had the yellow tomato gazpacho. Both had a lot of spice and flavor. The chowder had lots of variation - carrots, potatoes, lots of conch and sweet corn cakes, and the gazpacho was smooth and spicy goodness. The best part though was how they were served - they place bowl with the "accouterments" in the bottom and then pour the soup in from a single serving sized pitcher... very cute.
We got to choose from the full menu of entrees (only 2 choices had an extra charge) and we both went for the Seared Yellowfin Tuna and Crab Stuffed Aji Amarillo. What a dish! The tuna came with a bright asparagus slaw and some really tasty purple mashed potatoes. All the flavors and textures worked very well together. We also got this great fried pepper stuffed with good quality crab. The whole thing was very unique IMO.
For dessert, we got a flan and the chocolate brownie w/ ice cream and cherries. I knew the flan would be better but we wanted a little variety. Well, the flan was AMAZING. My friend and I both agreed it was one of the best flans we'd ever had. Smooth texture, very flavorful, and topped with a vanilla whipped cream, as well as the traditional flan caramel liquid. They also brought us a bit of caramel corn at the end as an extra treat.
All in all, a great experience. The service was very good, and my water was refilled often. The decor is not amazing but it's a big space and fun to look around. I recommend it!
1341 G St NW Frnt 2, Washington, DC 20005
Hey, you had the same thing I had! Except for dessert - there were three of us and we each got a different thing, and we agreed my panna cotta (with rum caramel and caramelized pineapple, yum) was the best of the three, though I thought the flan was very flavourful and creamy, and the chili cherries on the brownie cake were fantastic.
My favourite part of the meal, hands down. As for the other two dishes, I completely agree with you - the tuna was delicious, and I really loved the asparagus slaw. The soups were beautifully presented and delicious.
I had Ceiba for lunch today and would like to offer my two cents.
I started with the conch chowder which was good - but not great. My first experience with conch was in key west, so my expectations are high (at least in my mind, ha!). It was more vegies and bacon than conch - just three conch fritters from what i could tell, but the chowder overall had good flavor.
For my entree I had the seared ahi tuna with fried rice. I really enjoyed this. It was served with a GREAT spicy sauce. The presentation was great. The taste was great - I was thrilled.
Dessert was a bit tricky - I'm allergic to tree nuts, so the flan was out. I'm not a huge chocolate dessert fan, so i chose the pannacotta. Unfortunately they were out - so I had to go w/ the chocolate cake. It really wasn't great so I had a bite and left it at that.
Then our overly snooty waiter really surprised me. He brought out a fresh pannacotta. I suppose the chef made more and he felt bad that I had only eaten a bite of my dessert. I really appreciated that he brought it to me. It was delish! It wasn't my favorite dessert of restaurant week, but it's a tie for second!
I'd say its worth a try. Other than the snooty (but apparently kind hearted) waiter and the seat by the kitchen it was a good overall experience.