Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Hot Pockets and More

It's probably been at least five years since I ate (with great pleasure) at Limon, and since that time, I've heard mixed reviews about this Peruvian resto. In fact, when my friend recommended we eat there last weekend, I told him I'd heard it was overrated. "Overrated," he exclaimed with a disapproving shake of his head. Limon is great, he assured. And so, with the promise we'd get seated in just a few moments (due to a last-minute cancellation) and my curiosity piqued, I thought why not? Two hot pockets—aka crispy empanadas packed with deliciously seasoned sautéed beef, onions, olives, raisins and eggs, served with rocoto cream sauce—and three seafood apps later, I had my answer.
The small plates, especially the aforementioned pastries and the ceviche Limon (small hunks of halibut and tender rings of squid marinated in lime juice, served with yam, Peruvian corn and mussels in a salsa criolla) are pretty damn good. I'm not so sure about the entrees however—the ribeye steak, though tender and doused in a piquant chimicurri mustard sauce, had been salted with a heavy hand. I was glad I'd opted for the tapas and topped it off with an order of the spongy and moist almond tres leches. All shared of course, though I could easily have taken care of business by myself.

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