Restaurante Lvsitano is a cute and cozy, informal little place, with friendly staff. There's a general feeling of good cheer
We'd been reading a lot on various food blogs of LVSITANO (the "v" is pronounced as a "u".)
It's at near the west end of Calle Guanajuato, in Colonia Roma Norte, about half a block from Avenida Insurgentes (Mexico City's Amazon River of an avenue.)
Although I'd made a reservation, it was unnecessary as the restaurant was depopulated when we arrived at 4:00 on a Saturday. A couple of hours later, it was packed.
I'd only a fleeting acquaintance with Portuguese cuisine a few years ago, at the Sol Mar Restaurant in Tarrytown, NY, but that's more Brazilian than Peninsular Portuguese.
Once seated, we were brought a basket of very good, crusty bread, a dish of tangy green olives, and a little crock of o.k. tuna paté.
We ordered drinks: a cerveza, a limonada and a large Gin and Tonic for me.
Appetizers are prominently featured and we chose Sardinhas Fritas (good), a little chicken pot pie thing, and shrimp croquettes, small, and with too more dough than shrimp.
Sra. Cuevas wanted pulpos (octopus) for her main course, but they were out. I steered her to a Pork with Clams Alentejena dish. It was passable, but monotonous.
|That's all, folks! One fig, cut in two.|
This time, we skipped dessert, (expensive!!) and two of us had coffee.
I might go there again, but order differently. They were doing a very impressive Pescado a la Sal, ($600 pesos) and an appetizer which caught my eye: a fat chorizo, grilled over a pottery dish.
Service: *** (There was a screwup at one point, when we were brought main courses which were obviously ones we hadn't ordered. We firmly rejected them and soon the correct ones arrived.)
Ambience: Cozy and informal.
|Hall to the baños|
Location and contacts.
Guanajuato 239 Local B Roma Norte (entre Insurgentes y Monterrey)
Tel: 55 6383 0464