Sibarita in Arlington - Report
Eight chowhounds got together for lunch at this gaily painted Bolivian place next to Taqueria El Charrito Caminante.
If ever there was a place Chowhound was intended to uncover, Sibarita is it. Outside of normal mainstream media view, it is a family-run place serving simple, earthy cuisine with a flair in the kitchen.
We started off with two soups: the ubiquitous sopa de mani (peanut soup) and a special sopa de trigo (wheat soup). The peanut soup was normal for Bolivian restaurants - that is to say delicious- and the the wheat soup was a new delight for me. I really loved this soup and could have made a meal of it.
We ordered only four other dishes as Bolivian food platters tend to be humungous. We had a lamb silpancho, beef ribs (called a 'plato especial' on the menu), aji de lengua (normally a weekend-only dish, but since we were on the cusp of the weekend, we qualified). and a pique de macho ( a standard Bolivian dish of beef strips and sliced hot dog.)
I've had the beef silpancho here before, and I can't say the lamb tastes much different, so I would stick with the beef. They also have an unusual chicken silpancho on the menu. Not everyone will like silpancho, but when done well I think it's a wonderful dish, and they are quite successful at it.
SIbarita will not displace Luzmillla's as my favorite Bolivian place, but Luzmilla's is lunch only, so this place wins out for dinner.
Although there is no pork on the menu, they can make a puerco al horno with at least three days advanced notice. It is marinated for three days and stuffed with peppers. Sounds like Christmas dinner to me! (Spoken like a true Jew.) I will investigate.