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Mar 15, 2009 05:42 AM

Tata's Restaurant Review - Wallingford, CT

My boyfriend and I live less than a 5 minute walk from this Cuban restaurant, and after reading good reviews of it here on chowhound, we decided to check it out last night.

We arrived around 5:30, to see the place pretty full. They have about 12 tables after their expansion. After perusing the menu, we decided on the chicken, shrimp and chorizo dip for an appetizer, I ordered shrimp mofongos (fried plaintains in a garlic sauce) and he ordered red snapper. They were out of snapper, so he reconsidered and ordered the spanish-style pork chops.

This is when things start sliding down hill. Our server returns to let us know that they are out of chorizo, and would we like kielbasa? We assumed they were talking about a spicy kielbasa, so we said yes. When we received our app, it was most definitely the polish kielbasa you get vacuum sealed for about 3 dollars a pound at the store. Not great.

Onto our main dishes. My mofongo was simply dripping in oil, and the fried plaintains had become mushy. His pork chops were sinewy and over-cooked.

After eating, we waited forty-five minutes for the check. I had to get out of my seat to ask for it. When we received the check, we were overcharged. In the two hours we were there, our water glasses were refilled but once. The worst part about our dinner was the service. And paying forty dollars for it.

I was really hoping for a good experience here, after the good reviews I had read. It's too bad it didn't work out that way.

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  1. Actually, Mofongo are fried them smashed in a mortar. But, I'm no expert.

    1. Ooohh good to know....I also live about a 5 minute walk and have been intrigued by the place but judging by your review, I won't jump to try it.

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        1. We have tried to go there 3 times. The first time it was closed for a private party. Then the next time we went they would not let us in because they were short on food. And the next time we tried they were short on chefs!!We also read good reviews in the paper but 3 strikes and you are out!! Los Mariachas which is nearby is a great little find with authentic mexican food and great margaritas and chips and salsa.

          1. Tata's is the place were I had the best sandwich of my life! I went there with several co-workers and ordered a sandwich they called a Cuban. I took one bite and good not believe the savory juices & flavor. I have since ordered this Cuban sandwich in other establishments only to be disappointed.
            As far as service goes I am always more lenient to the "mom & pop" or family owned restaurants. If I want to have a true cultual experience I know I may have to wait for properly prepped food vs a frozen bag of premade food that the Chains work up for you.

            Tatas Restaurant
            104 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford, CT 06492