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Mar 13, 2011 06:59 PM

Mariscos Chente Question

At the risk of sounding bush league here.....................OK............ so on the way home from a matinee at Disney Concert Hall today I convinced my wife to stop at Mariscos Chente on Centinela. We've never been there before and she's not the most adventurous eater, and I do get the name is "Mariscos" Chente, but the menu we were given was about 80% shrimp dishes and not a sign of of the fish tacos I've seen recommended here.

The two shrimp dishes we had (one with a cheese sauce, the other with tequila/chili oil/ cilantro) were both very good, so no complaints at all.................... but for next time........... do they serve different things at different locations?; have another menu we weren't give? I almost ordered a serving of the shrimp/octopus/oysters/clams or what I think was ceviche, but didn't. Would they have been a better idea.

Mariscos Chente
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Centinela Cafe
4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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  1. The menu is mainly shrimp. The marlin tacos were a special when I was there!

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    1. re: shebop

      Yup! There is a specials white board right when you walk in... it's easy for folks to miss! :)


    2. the main chef, sergio, left that location long time ago.
      (Sergio now mostly works at the inglewood location, west imperial highway near yukon, he normally takes tuesdays and wednesdays off). last i heard, the owner of the centinela restaurant has her nephew cooking there, the nephew does some dishes better than others.

      the marlin tacos were a special, not a normal menu item at any of the locations

      1. I went to the Centinela location on Friday night and ordered the Pescado Zarandeado with lots of corn tortillas and just went to town with making my own fish tacos. So good! Especially with a few Negra Modelos to wash it all down.

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        1. re: havepixel

          Still looks great (nice pic). I have avoided ordering it since the split up of the folks running the various locations. Now it looks like I need to go and take the plunge again. Thanks for posting.

          1. re: Servorg

            We've had the pz at least a couple of times since Senor Penuelas has left, and it still rocks. I know Ciao Bob has also mentioned this, but most of the menu is still very good. I'd stay away from the cocktels and civiche - I found those to be not to my liking - but other than that, rock on...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              i've only gone twice, once to the centinela location, most recently to the inglewood location, and everything but the cocktel was either too salty or so salty it made my mouth itch. is it supposed to be like that?

              1. re: raizans

                I've noticed that some of the heavily sauced dishes can be salty (camarones al ajillo and culichis), but I don't recall the other dishes being way overboard salty as you experienced.

                1. re: raizans

                  the last time i had pz at the inglewood location (west imperial hwy) it was not overly salty.
                  i guess this was about a week and a half ago. . . .

            2. re: havepixel

              Oh, my !!!!!!! Next time I'm bringing my Spanish dictionary or springing for a data plan for my cell phone. Parts of the menu had English translations and parts didn't. My shrimp dish was good but that looks amazing. Reminds me of a meal I had at an open grill setup on the beach in Bali years ago.

              1. re: Midlife

                Yes midlife, that is the dish to get at MC. It is incredible, and it does look like the Balinesian. But to my palate, it is not quite as incredible as the grilled fish served on Bali's Jimbaran Beach. The dried coconut grills create a totally unique flavor.

                I love most of the shrimp dishes as well.

                1. re: Midlife

                  It's the only dish on the menu sold "por kilo". Last I checked it was around $20 a kilo and a fish is normally 1-2 kilos.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    I'm assuming, then, that it's enough for more than one person?

                    1. re: Midlife

                      depends on the person.
                      i, personally, have no problem finishing off a kilo of fish.
                      (don't forget the weight includes the head, tail, etc.)
                      then again, i don't allow them to bring the chips to my table, which leaves a lot more space for the fish.