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Dirtywextraolives Apr 25, 2013 08:26 AM

Has anyone been yet? The menu looks great, and I've read the Pacu Ribs and the Chaufa de Langosta are delicious......


  1. PeterCC May 24, 2013 02:38 PM

    Review from Andy Gavin: http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2013...

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      Ciao Bob May 24, 2013 03:10 PM

      Thanks Peter!

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      Juji May 24, 2013 01:11 PM

      Saltado de camarones was my favorite. Had a ceviche too that was very good, maybe scallop?

      1. Ciao Bob May 24, 2013 12:49 PM

        Going tonight - anymore feedback from Peter, or anyone, on what to order?

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          PeterCC May 24, 2013 01:20 PM

          The ceviche according to your tastes.

          I loved the paiche tiraditos, pacu ribs, blood clam risotto, calamari relleno.

          1. re: PeterCC
            Ciao Bob May 24, 2013 01:23 PM

            Peter and Juji!

            1. re: Ciao Bob
              PeterCC May 24, 2013 01:43 PM

              Enjoy. Dying to go back! :-)

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                Juji May 24, 2013 02:04 PM

                I'll be there tomorrow night! CB, please post your thoughts so I can try out some new things.

          2. re: Ciao Bob
            chrishei May 24, 2013 03:01 PM

            Ceviches (the sweet shrimp is just okay though compared to the fishes, but it comes with really good fried heads), tiradito de paiche, pacu ribs, chaufa de langosta, arroz con conchas negras y erizo.

            1. re: Ciao Bob
              ns1 May 25, 2013 12:47 PM

              so how was it?

              1. re: ns1
                Ciao Bob May 27, 2013 10:51 AM


                1. re: Ciao Bob
                  bulavinaka May 27, 2013 10:55 AM

                  Shit - what - do we have to drag it out of you? Ear on monitor. :)

                  1. re: bulavinaka
                    Ciao Bob May 27, 2013 10:57 AM

                    Sorry - busy weekend!
                    Really loved crudo, chaufa langostina, eponymous paiche, calamari relleno

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                      kevin May 27, 2013 03:27 PM

                      I'll have to hit that up soon too.

            2. PeterCC Apr 27, 2013 07:19 PM

              Just left from there. In conversation, waiter mentioned that they did increase portion size in response to feed back. Here's pics of the paiche tiraditos and pacu ribs on my first visit day after grand opening (two weeks ago) and pics of the same dishes from today.

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                ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 07:38 PM

                Nice work.

                Still taste about the same?

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  PeterCC Apr 27, 2013 07:48 PM

                  Yep. The pacu ribs sauce was a bit stronger today, which is not a bad thing, but they're plates were otherwise consistent and excellent.

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                  Dirtywextraolives Apr 27, 2013 07:44 PM

                  Interesting. Nice to know they listen. Thanks for reporting back with photos. Looks great.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                    PeterCC Apr 27, 2013 07:51 PM

                    I am very happy they listened. The tiraditos portions increased essentially by 33% with an extra piece for the same price. And it definitely wasn't like they took the same amount of fish and instead of slicing it into 3 pieces, they made it into 4 smaller pieces. The sizing of each piece was pretty consistent between visits.

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                      Dirtywextraolives Apr 27, 2013 08:29 PM


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                    PeterCC Jun 10, 2013 11:08 PM

                    Full review of my two visits: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/905146

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                      kevin Jun 11, 2013 12:53 PM

                      Thanks Pete.

                  3. PeterCC Apr 25, 2013 11:48 AM

                    Went day after grand opening. Working on my review, but quite good. Haven't tried everything, but loved the paiche tiradito, the calamari relleno, the pacu ribs, the arroz con conchas negras y erizo.

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                      kevin Apr 25, 2013 12:02 PM

                      The menu looks beyond fucking dope.

                      And I have to say, I don't usually feel that way, when I run across a menu.

                      Peter or others, is it in the same complex as SugarFish, or is it in another mini-mall or storefront ?


                      1. re: kevin
                        PeterCC Apr 25, 2013 12:10 PM

                        It's in the new Stella luxury apartment complex. It's across from the shopping center with the Gelson's, Sports Chalet, and the AMC, on the south side of Maxella.

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                          Dirtywextraolives Apr 25, 2013 12:32 PM

                          The cocktails do too....

                        2. re: PeterCC
                          Dirtywextraolives Apr 25, 2013 12:17 PM

                          I love the sound of the calamari relleno....were they nice & tender?

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                            PeterCC Apr 25, 2013 12:23 PM

                            Yes, the calamari was quite tender, it acted almost like sausage casing for the stuffing (or alternatively, skin for a dumpling).

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                          TailbackU Apr 25, 2013 11:40 AM

                          Kevineats did a review....


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                            ns1 Apr 25, 2013 12:12 PM

                            ty for link

                            Looks awesome, and expensive.

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                              Dirtywextraolives Apr 25, 2013 12:18 PM

                              Thanks. Very thorough review of the food & cocktails.

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                              ThatPat Apr 25, 2013 10:06 AM

                              Yelpers almost universally complaining about how small the portions are...I'm supposed to go on May 4. Trying to decide.

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                                Dirtywextraolives Apr 25, 2013 10:12 AM

                                Really?! Probably because Yelpers don't have a clue what izakaya are......

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                  ns1 Apr 25, 2013 10:37 AM

                                  you decide:

                                  ceviche flight:

                                  all photos:

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                                    kevin Apr 25, 2013 11:42 AM

                                    The dishes look fucking dope.

                                    But I'm still sad he closed the location in the Mercado La Paloma.

                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                    bg90027 Apr 25, 2013 02:07 PM

                                    I have not been but heard similar complaints. A friend of mine who loves Zarate's cooking said that everything was very good but the portion sizes were smaller than Picca which he already considered small. He said it's the type of place where you can easily spend $100 per person and still leave hungry.

                                    I remember that there were a lot of complaints about portion size at the downtown Mo Chica when they first opened and I think they increased them a little in response. Maybe the same will happen here.

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                                      bruinike Apr 25, 2013 09:08 PM

                                      I agree portions are small for the prices. If they charged a little less I wouldn't have a problem with the portion size.

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