Test Kitchen: Cebiche Night
Chef Ricardo is the chef at both Wabi Sabi and Mo-Chica. He is opening an anticuchos restaurant above Test Kitchen. My understanding of anticuchos are grilled skewered meats, a bit like kabobs (but I’m sure with Chef Ricardo, they become more than kabobs).
What I love at both Wabi Sabi and Mo-Chica are the fresh seafood dishes so I was very excited to try out ceviche.
We arrived earlier for cocktails from mixologist Joel Black. There were four cocktails that night; Rooibos Pisco Sour, Gold Rush, Peruvian Mojito and Vesper. Yes, I tasted them all and they were all very good but my favorites were the Gold Rush and Peruvian Mojito.
Luckily for us, they were able to seat us 20 minutes early so we could start our feast!
We started out with a light consomme.
Excuse me while I take back everything I ever said about uni. This was my second to favorite course of the night.
This was like the best tuna tartare/ wonton chips appetizer I’ve ever. I can never order something similar anywhere else because it just wouldn’t be the same. Even the wonton chips were lighter than air.
The Chef’s Asian-influenced side is coming out. I thought this was like the best sweet and sour sauce ever. The sea bass though tasted more like yellowtail. The sweet potato puree with the potato chips were a nice garnish but I wished for more fish.
The Santa Barbara prawn is playing host to its seafood buddies that have been lightly fried. While I did eat everything with the two sauces, I think just the acid of the lime would have been good.
Ceviche night could include pork, right? I think so! This was the most tender piece of pork and was a nice balance to the yuca.
Ah, what the heck, I’ll take another cocktail…
I’m going to be sad when I go on a diet after my birthday. Well, it’s not a diet because that would imply going back to this current indulgent lifestyle. More like learning portion control and most importantly, working out again. That way I can enjoy something like these wonderful purple corn donuts with salted caramel. And the creme fraiche? Do you need it? Of course you do.
I’m looking forward to my next two Test Kitchen meals, anticuchos this Friday with Chef Ricardo and Haitian night with TiGeorge on Monday.
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