The title is just me trying to be clever but I think I’m pretty lame there. *laugh*
I was excited to find a new tapas bar opened in my local hangout, Montecasino. While I thoroughly enjoyed the food at Vicky Cristina, the restaurant is a bit far for me whenever I get the craving for tapas and other comida española.
Having been thoroughly impressed by Kream, I have this somewhat-newly-acquired high expectation from my fine dining experiences, or at least the establishments. High expectations are not good for those being tested.
The restaurant’s interior is pretty good, I suppose. It helps to have Montecasino’s fake sky. 🙂 Its own space is fine.
Considering that I don’t review food for a living and I am in no position to give a formal review, I merely relate my own dining experiences.
These are what we have:
My little princess, you’d think she’s Japanese, ordered sushi – California Salmon Roll. If she could have sushi from all restaurants, she will be the happiest. I did have to help her and although the sushi was tasty enough, I’ve had better – home-made, by my father’s brother. (I don’t call him uncle because he is not old enough to be my uncle, I think. My father – stepfather – is only 12 years older than me. *chuckle*)
My son tried Lima’s Nachos and Chicken Taco. He said they were okay. I’m not quite sure what to make of that but since he used a better adjective for his dinner at Kream, then I guess his food was just okay. However, he is a rather boring eater and does not eat seafood at all. Unfortunately, I had ordered a lot of food for me so I could not even bring myself to taste his food.
Sorry, he must have been starving and could not wait for me to take a picture before he started devouring his nachos.
Not so Spanish
My father opted for Deboned Baby Chicken, served with fries and baby broccoli. He was more than satisfied with his choice and said that it was indeed delicious. I had to force him to share my food because my eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach.
Hubby is a huge carnivore and must have meat so he had sliders – Argentine Steak Roll. He also had Chicken Taco. He told me that if I want some tapas again, he won’t complain about going there again because then he can have his sliders again.
True Spanish / Spanish Enough
I always save the best for last – not necessarily food but me! I’m kidding… maybe. 🙂
I knew I had to taste Lima’s Paella. I love rice. I love seafood. I love my food all mixed up. And, I love my prawns. So, I had Causa Rellena. Both dishes were just fine. The prawns were yummy enough but something was missing to give take it to the next level.
The Paella tasted better the next day, my lunch at work.
Not quite Peru
In the end, my Spanish food craving was sated and overall, everyone was satisfied, although you might still need to mind the gap between expectation and reality especially if you’ve had authentic Spanish food in Spain.
However, it doesn’t take away the fact that going out to dinner with family per se is a more-than-enough blessing. It is not this time of the year without family and food. And, family and food together, as one, makes the holidays, any holiday, the best we can have!
Here are some of our pictures. My little princess is getting better with her modeling poses and acting. 🙂
Next time you’re in Fourways and you think that Montecasino might be the place where you can kill time and get some sustenance, Lima is an option.
And if you’re here before the 3rd (or is it 4th) of December (2016), you could try win one of these Adams. 🙂