We were introduced to the shop by a friend who brought us the store's signature dish, a combination of mantecado ice cream, galletas de María cookies, strips of guava paste, and chunks of cream cheese. Wow!
The ice cream is based on a recipe from Batlle's grandmother from Cuba, but it's the creative flavors that Batlle has concocted that really makes this place shine.
One flavor to look for: guarapiña -- a combination of sugar cane juice and guarapo. Even Raúl had never seen that one before!
ATMOSPHERE: Very casual
HOURS: Sunday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
DRESS: Very Casual
You might be nervous about throwing a $40 piece of whole beef tenderloin on a pile of hot charcoal, but rest assured that if you follow the directions exactly, you having to fear but fear itself! Once you undo the crusty wrap that will surround your perfectly cooked meat, you are in for a real treat. The meat is fork tender and NOT overly salty as you might expect.
You eat this meat rare, so if you have anyone who insists on grilling meats to extinction, offer to throw a few pieces on the grill if they insist on it. Better yet, equip these well-done-loving people with a blindfold and bring them to their rare-meat-is-really-great senses!
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