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May 26, 2009 06:47 PM

Anyone been to Talara yet (Harbor East - BMore)?

I got an e-mail saying this was their opening week. Anyone been yet? I am particularly interested in the non-cerviche food. Thanks!

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  1. Took a quick look at the menu while breezing by. Ceviches are clearly the focus, but there are tapas, a few "mini" paellas, a few salads, some mini sandwiches. But the menu is at least as long on alcohol as it is on food. Plus they have salsa lessons (the dance, not the condiment). Judgement reserved, of course, but this does not inspire confidence.

    1. Based on some quick research of Yves Carreau's other restaurants, Sonoma Grille and Seviche (both in Pittsburgh), I am encouraged. The seem to get positive reviews with pretty consistent feedback. I agree the salsa lessons are a red flag, but that's just to attact a post-supper crowd.

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      1. re: gregb

        Seviche is great, looks like there is a similar menu here. I like that you can select the type of fish for each variation of ceviche. The Fire and Ice is a really neat experience. The only thing I didn't like was the pisco sour - if you're looking for a traditional presentation, look elsewhere, this was more like a mojito (and no egg white either!).

        1. re: youami

          Was the pisco a Peruvian or a Chilean presentation?

      2. Was surprised it was so crowded on a week night, but I'm sure the place will be very popular. Had a hard time getting drinks but servers were pleasantly apologetic.

        Non-ceviche food was pretty good - we got several non-fish apps - pork shank, pork empanadas, wild mushroom flatbreads; one of the small paellas; and what they call a "filet mignon" sandwich (didn't really seem like it but it's hard to tell under everything).

        To me, food was decent - not great - and expensive. That place is not cheat. OTOH, everyone had a good time - it's got a fun vibe to it. It's pretty loud.

        I'm sure it will do well but it's not a place I can see hanging out regularly just because of the price.

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        1. re: BmoreHound

          So is it noisy like Ra? Quiet enough to sit down and have dinner, or hectic?

          1. re: chowsearch

            Noisy like RA. Good comparison. We were shouting at the table.

            1. re: BmoreHound

              Thanks. Wonder if Ra was their model.

              1. re: chowsearch

                BMoreHound-what weeknight did you go? sorry to hear the place is like Ra noise-level wise.

                wine list? or just trendy cocktails?

                1. re: LuLuBlaubugunder

                  They had a pretty decent selection of wine on the list, lots of variety. I was so happy to see that they have Xingu by the bottle so I stuck with that.

        2. I went this weekend and had a great time. I chose the chef's sampler and had great seviche, a nice salad, and two good soups. My wife had the paella and was a bit disappointed. The asian tartare style seviche was ridiculously good, but the peruvian style sevice left something to be desired. The mojitos were top notch, too! I highly recommend it. It was a fun meal. We had an early dinner so I cannot comment on the crowd noise. We did sit by the windows and it had filled up by the time we left and didn't find the noise noticeable like RA (perhaps because the salsa music is more pleasant than the 80s rock of RA).

          1. bump. want to have a bday celeb there next month.
            seems to be vegi friendly which is great.

            so is the ambiance that special?

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            1. re: vivinator

              Loud music, causing voices to need to be raised. If you want to shout in a happy atmosphere while spending a fair amount of money, maybe.