Orinoco, Brookline Village (overrated?)
Many CHers have posted great things about both locations. We were promptly seated at 6:00 last evening, only to wait 30+ mins or so for appetizers. I'm not a fan of large portions, but three of us were not given enough rice to even feed my 4-yr old daughter. A request for more yielded a "cereal bowl" of rice (and a charge of $4.50 for rice and beans). The arepas and pollo adobo were not bad, though the tostones were dripping in oil. We left underwhelmed.
I think Orinoco in Brookline still has some kinks to work out. I was there recently and had a very similar experience, long wait and inconsistent quality. I had the tuna, which was terrific while my friend had the most prosaic lump of beans, rice and shredded (very dry) beef. It was uninspired.
However, I will say that the bar and cocktails and apps. were great. It's a inexpensive place, maybe bettter known for a drinks then a meal?