having never been to Carnivale, Mrs Willie & I decided to give it a try prior to seeing "Linda Vista" at the Steppenwolf (go by the way, Tracy Letts has done it again)
Started out with drinks on the patio as it was near 80 degrees, just crazy warm. I had PISCO PASSION - Pisco brandy, passionfruit, fresh lime juice, egg white. I'd order again easy. Mrs Willie the RUNNING OF THE BULLS - Pinnacle vodka, pink guava puree, fresh lime juice, Red Bull Yellow Edition, this is not the type of drink she or I normally order, it was good but the Pisco was much better as was the OLD CUBAN -
Flor de Caña 7 year rum, fresh mint, lime, angostura bitters, cava, which I had later during the meal.
Started out with the CEVICHE TASTING
MIXTO -Poached shrimp, calamari, octopus, glass noodles, poblano citrus sauce, peanuts
BLUE CRAB - Avocado, key lime, red onion, cilantro, aioli, soda crackers
TUNA - Cucumber, red onion, cilantro, beech mushrooms, coconut, fish sauce, ginger, tostada
SHRIMP - Lightly poached gulf shrimp, watermelon, gochujang, basil, sesame
We really enjoyed these ceviche with the star being the Tuna & the shrimp
SPANISH OCTOPUS - Garbanzo purée, crispy potatoes, frisée, Spanish paprika, Kalamata olives
Very skimpy on the octopus serving, cooked perfectly though, very good.
EMPANADA DE VERDE - Crispy green plantain crust, artichoke, spinach, mushroom escabeche
Empanada was all grease, not good at all, ate less than 1/2 of it. Mushroom escabeche was quite tasty. Server was very nice & took this off the bill for us as we clearly didn't enjoy it overall.
ARRACHERA - Wood-grilled skirt steak, rice and beans, bacon sofrito, sweet red onion, chimichurri sauce
Steak was oddly cooked, some just barely rare and other parts near well done. The few pieces that were MR were quite tasty. Rice & beans were not that appealing.
So overall we had a good time and enjoyed, we'd go back for the ceviche and to try some other items, just won't be in hurry.
I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.