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Jan 14, 2009 06:08 PM

Mariscos Chente--tried 3 dishes ALL winners

ok, the odds are agains this for any restaurant, but this place is amazing me.

first i tried camarones a la pimiento, and they were wonderful
then i tried camarones a la diabla, and nearly passed out with pleasure.
tonight i tried camarones checa, and i'm wowed again.

maybe i should just pay rent and take up residence in this place?
when you order be sure to ask for a spoon too so that you will be able to consume every drop of their delicious sauces.

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  1. Would you be able to describe each of these dishes? Your excitement has me excited!

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    1. re: bruinike

      these were all cooked dishes of shrimp in the shell served with different sauces.
      the sauces were not at all like each other.
      all the sauces had tremendous flavor and complexity and balance.
      non of the sauces were tomatoey, next time i'm going to try the ranchera which does contain tomatos

      the name of the game here is: it's all about the sauce(s).
      if you like moderately spicy things start with the a la diabla. . .

      1. re: bruinike

        camarones a la diabla-spicy, tomato based sauce

        checos(Czech)-steamed shrimp in a medium spicy garlic sauce.A referenece to the Czechs heavy use of garlic.

        a la pimienta-an elegant pepper sauce with light oil

        1. re: streetgourmetla

          i didn't pick up tomato in the diabla; if it's there, it's subtle, predominently a red chile flavor.

          1. re: westsidegal

            The best versions like Chente are subtle amounts of tomato in the dominant chiles sauce.westsidegal, a couple more things to try:chicharron de pescado, tacos de marlin(a grilled smoked marlin and cheese taco), and the culichi.

          2. re: streetgourmetla

            fwiw, there is NO tomato in the a la diabla served at mariscos chente, i asked tonight when i was there.

            i will report on the ranchera (which does contain tomato) when i can tear myself away from the checo and from the a la diabla.

            d'ya think i'm getting a little obsessed with the food at this place?

        2. I'm assuming you are talking about the location on Centinela in Mar Vista, across from Taqueria Sanchez. About how much do these dishes run? A la carte or with rice, etc?

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          1. re: nosh

            with rice and chips and salsa before tip $11.
            since i an not a fan of chips, i have them substite a basket of warm corn tortillas for the chips and salsa.
            amazing portions of large-sized shrimp for such a small amount of money

            and, yes, the location on centinala

          2. Okay, this is seriously great food. First of all the two shrimp dishes we tried yesterday were both over the top great (camarones a la pimiento & camarones culichi). Sauces which make the most addictive drugs in the world look like decafe on the scale of needing more after the first taste. The rice served with the shrimp is also quite good. Buttery, cooked beautifully. Your comment about needing a spoon was one I was thinking about before I took my fork and just started mixing the rice into the sauce and then into my mouth. Nirvana.

            Secondly, the prices are dirt cheap. For chips and a very spicy green salsa and a basket of warm corn tortillas and two plates with heaps of shrimp, rice and sliced cucumbers + one Modelo Especial and one bottle of water the tab came to $26 + tip.

            Going back SOON for the checa.

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            1. re: Servorg

              i liked the checa even more than the a la pimiento. bring an oxygen tank so that your partner can revive you after the checa. . .

              1. re: westsidegal

                Do they have grilled fish dishes?

                1. re: Baron

                  yes, you can even get the grilled fish with the checa sauce or the a la diabla sauce if you like

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    What are their hours? I went there at 11:00 am for an early lunch eager to enjoy their fare and the place was closed - not a soul. No hours were posted on the door. do you know? thanks.

              2. re: Servorg

                Sevorg, just had the camarones al chipotle last night.If you love the culichi, this will be right up your alley.Similar prep with peeled shrimp cooked in a creamy chipotle sauce.Delicious! The oysters weren't bad either.

                1. re: streetgourmetla

                  Sounds really good. I am going to bursting at the seams after my next meal here as I will be ordering most of the menu for the two of us. Thanks for the recommendation.

              3. The prices are PHENOMINAL for the quality... I mean, I once ordered a mediorce campechana from a MARISCOS truck that was a similar price to what Chente is charging for theirs...

                I have to add two more dishes...

                Loved the Camarones Fritos, just a simple dish, of perfectly fried shrimp in their shell (Not breaded). The saltiness of this dish really complimented the sweetness of their fresh shrimp.

                And their Coctel de Camarones y Pulpo... As an Octopus fan, I was in heaven... I can't tell you how many times I've paid over TWICE the amount this dish was and gotten rubbery flavorless/fishy octopus... Shrimp can be tricky... but not that hard... but Octopus... that takes true skill which only speaks to the quality and the amount of effort they put into this place to get it right.

                Thank you SGLA for making me come back here... We are truly greatful...


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                1. re: Dommy

                  Hi Dommy,

                  Thanks for this tantalizing information. Good Octopus is indeed hard to find around here. I'll have to try this in addition to the other dishes recommended by streetgourmetla. :)

                  1. re: Dommy

                    You're correct, Dommy, the man has skills and they are serious about making it right.You all have got me worked up about these dishes, so I'm going there right now! Awesome that you tried some other dishes.Nice to know about them.

                    De nada.

                  2. YUMMMY!!!

                    This place really rocks.

                    I went for lunch and the ceviche mixto and Fish "Chicharron" were just spectacular.

                    I wish I couuld properly explain the sauce on the pan fried fish chunks...deep red with a yellow-orange powder sprinkled over. If anyone know please tell me.

                    Did I say YUMMY?????

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                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      Thanks for reporting on the Chicharron, it's definably on the short list when return! :DD