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Apr 20, 2013 01:57 PM

Carmen - Queen St W

The folks from Torito opened this joint in the old Caju space. It looks to be mostly Pintxo/Tapas style stuff.

Apart from a profile on BlogTo, I haven't heard much. Anyone been yet?

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    1. I called for a reservation and I'm on a waiting list for Saturday. It sounded very busy ... has anyone gone yet?

      1. We went on Friday. I wasn't overwhelmed, although it was good. Had the blood sausage (great texture and taste, best dish of the set). The jicama avocado packages were tasty but too precious. Four bites on the plate. Left me wanting more. The kale salad was quite good, with the nuts and raisins. Nice tart dressing. The rabbit rilette was fine, slightly over salted, heavy layer of fat. Could have done with more bread crisps. The worst was the grilled shrimps. The flesh was not charred, but the whole shell was so the burnt taste/smell permeated into everything. With 2 glasses of wine, coffee and brandy, tax and tip -around $120 for 2. The staff were friendly, but the dishes came out soooo slowly, we almost had to ask about every single dish. As I say, it was good, but with so many other good restaurants around, I wouldn't say I would be rushing back.

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        1. re: ukers

          I had a very different experience on Friday. Service was amazing, everything came out quickly (with about 5 min between each dish). Agree w you on the jicama but we loved the rillettes. I actually didn't find it fatty, especially bc the apple preserve on top cut the richness. But yes more crisps would help, we just asked for bread and it was brought to us immediately. I didn't try the other dishes you mentioned.

          1. re: hungryabbey

            We had really good service on Friday too. Highlights from our meal for me were the rabbit, snail and artichoke paella, crispy bread with tomato spread & the eggplant with pomegranate molasses. The weakest dishes were the fried artichokes and the sardines. I enjoyed our dinner and will return.

            1. re: fickle

              Our faves were the rillettes, eggplant, and fried green tomatoes. Patatas bravas and jicama were good but simple. The watermelon and dessert paella were the weakest. Cocktails were better than sangria in my opinion.

          2. re: ukers

            That raisin, kale salad has come up a lot recently. In different restaurants. It feels like the new almond, cranberry salad

          3. Just went for dinner.. had a great meal. We shared a vegetarian paella, kale salad, fried green tomatoes, shrimp, and potatoes.. all very good.

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            1. re: rstuart

              I was there about 6 weeks ago and was disappointed all round. Ambiance wasn't that great either, but the thing that really annoyed me was that with one of the dishes, the menu recommended a specific wine (on-line menu doesn't show this) - but it wasn't available!