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Ceviche

Had the scallop ceviche at Eastern Standard last week and it was alright. My Venezuelan buddy, his wife makes a killer ceviche at home but I can't just go invite myself over, and this warm weather has gotten me all bothered for it. I tried making it at home and it was alright, too, but I cheat and add too much salt or avocado or mango and all these bastardized ingredients to compensate for my lack of understanding of how to make just the pure acid-denatured fish stand on its own and taste good.

Who has good ceviche? Furthermore, what is authentic ceviche, and who has it? How does one determine if the ceviche is good? Is it supposed to be unadorned and relatively bland like sashimi? Is the texture supposed to be a little rubbery? I want to learn what ceviche is supposed to be and what it can be, and I want to do it in Boston. Preferably at a place with a nice bar.

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    1. re: gourmaniac

      +1 for Rincon Limeno. Delicious, refreshing, and a very abundant serving reasonably priced. (No bar, though.) Theirs is exactly as chefmatician describes the peruvian style below. I prefer the plain fish version (pescado) to the fish & seafood version (mixto) - I find the fish has better texture and the little shrimp in the mixto do get a bit rubbery. The octopus salad there is also great and a very similar preparation.

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      Rincon Limeno
      409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

      1. re: MichaelB

        +2 for Rincon Limeno. There is a friendly bar next door.

        1. re: Alcachofa

          I love the RL ceviche.. I was burping lime for like 2 days after my last chowdown there..

          And I've had one the best empanada's in a long time there..

          1. re: labonbon3

            They have beer and wine....altho the wine is the kind in screw-top individual bottles you get on airplanes....

        2. re: gourmaniac

          Back to RL last night & happy to find they now have cold & hot tapas that include some favs like the cerviche served in a martini glass & easily was good for the 2 of us who like seafood - just as fresh & good as ever. Things that we ordered were: Ceviche Mixto - marinated seafood in lemon & onions w/crunchy nuts & soft kernals (tapas portion); Yucca a la Huancaina - hot, fried yucca w/room temp huancaina sauce(spicy cheese sauce); Lomo Al Jugo - steak tips mixed with onions & tomatoes (from the breakfast menu); Carapulcra Peruvian pork & chicken with dry potato sauce; & Seco de Cabrito con Frijoles - Peruvian style lamb with rice & beans. The lamb dish was our favorite, falling off the bones w/savory beans & rice. Plate of lime wedges and their pungent, spicy red & green sauces. Just a wonderful medley of flavors & textures. Also got a side of fries which came w/more rice that we barely touched - we were so full, which meant no Mazamorra morada this time around. Chicha Morada for drinks. Service warm, efficient & friendly as always.

          1. re: Taralli

            Thanks Taralli: I really like the seafood here and never thought to get the lamb. Next time.

            1. re: Taralli

              This sounds just so heavenly... I have been trying to make it out there for weeks. Thanks for the review!

          2. Cilantro in Salem has a very nice ceviche, last time I was there, it was only about $10. If you are up around the north shore, give it a try! They are located next to Salem Beerworks.

            1. I thought the ceviche at Eastern Standard was disgusting. The rest of their food has been much better.

              I'm glad you asked this question. I dream about the ceviche on Balthazar's seafood tower.

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              Eastern Standard
              528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

              1. I dig the ceviche at Solea. But I don't have extensive ceviche experience.

                1. I thought the ceviche at Tico was delightful.

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                  Tico
                  222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116