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Posted by Victor on 08/26/2005
We were greeted by one of the waiters when we walked in the door. He was a little awkward, not a polished sort, but we didn?t mind. The first thing that struck us was that the place is spotless. I mean immaculate. It must be brand spanking new. Next came the realization that the owners have an odd sense of ambience: Neil Young on the stereo and a vintage Frankenstein film on the big flat-screen TV. As for the food, the waiter started us with a small dish of salty, roasted corn kernels. 100% addictive. We scoffed them up well before our appetizer arrived. Lima?s Taste bills itself as a ceviche bar, so, naturally, we opted for ceviche as an appetizer. My girlfriend loves the stuff, and she happens to be a ceviche purist, so we ordered the basic ceviche...no lobster, no exotic fish. The plate of ceviche looked pretty, although we didn?t see any fish. The oval dish seemed to be a heap of red onions on top of a bed of iceberg lettuce. With trepidation, each of us took one forkful to start. The ceviche contained almost no fish, and the onions and spices were overpowering. A little while later the waiter took the dish, virtually untouched, off the table. For main courses, one vegetarian dish and the chicken escaveche with fried yuca on the side. The vegetarian dish contained broccoli, squash and some other vegetables that lend themselves to stir-frying. It looked like a fried veggie plate from one of those 3rd rate Chinese joints that nobody patronizes except in a pinch. The pool of oil at the bottom of the plate was reminiscent of the Exxon Valdez. The chicken escaveche with yuca was better, but not great. The sauce was tasty, the yuca was fine (nobody ever got a Michelin star for frying yuca, though). The chicken itself was a bit rubbery. The waiter ultimately came over to the table and replaced the oily vegetable situation with a plate of plain steamed vegetables, which meant my girlfriend did not walk out of the restaurant starving. Nevertheless, Lima?s Taste was far from an enjoyable dining experience. When the one and only highlight of a restaurant is its cleanliness, something clearly is missing.