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Posted: 10/08/12


Restaurant: Carnivale Chicago

Nelson @ Chicago: This is a Latin restaurant inspired by South/Central America, Caribbean, Spain AND Asia. That is a lot of places. The interior is really colourfully decorated with impressively high ceilings and unique decorations.

We started with a Halibut cerviche that was a special for that day. The fish as cooked, but still vinegary in taste. The halibut was very firm. We tried someone else's Guacamole (not pictured) and the oily chips and avocado were good with lots of lemon but also a lot of parsley which I'm not personally a fan of.

Ropa Vieja: Sweet plantains, braised beef, spicy mayo, queso fresco. Looks neat, but the taste was very salty, quite spicy and fatty taste from the mayo. Hard to see, but the plantain is on bottom, but I could hardly taste it as the other flavours were very overpowering and once again everything we too salty for my tastes.

Arepas: Maple Creek Farm pork belly, corn cheese cakes, plantains, black beans, jicama, avocado, aji limo puree. These were so tasty. The pork belly was nicely fatty, and a bit spicy (from the aji limo puree which is a type of pepper) but also a bit sweet (must have been from the plantains). Overall a great combo of flavours and textures and I really enjoyed these.

Pork Adobo: Braised Maple Creek Farm pork shoulder, sofrito rice, plantain chutney, pea shoots. Overall a pretty tasty combo with soft and tender pork. I really like plantain and this is the third dish with some. I could have used even more as the pork was just a tad dry, but what was worse were carrots which were surprisingly sour - too sour. Yet even more surprising is that the pork skin was not that good.

Lastly we shared some drinks, including mojitos and sangria. Both were very strong :)

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Categories: Appetizer,  Beef,  Drinks,  Fish,  Pork,  Spicy,  

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