We went to Yemanja a few trips ago but we were in the middle of a real estate sign back so it was all a little blurry. We decided to give it another try.
Wow. Am I ever glad we did.
We opted to sit inside as there was a pretty boisterous table on the patio and we'd called at the last minute so the only table available was right beside the loud one and at the front entrance. In we went!
Nice atmosphere inside (even though there was a guy just over from us espousing his political views on the US presidential race very LOUDLY) and the place was packed shortly after we sat down. I don't know how the kitchen staff does it: the heat coming off the grill in the centre of the restaurant is incredibly hot - like cooking on the surface of the sun.
On with the show...
We took a taxi down (more on that in the trip report) because the one thing I did remember from the last visit was a little concoction called, "The Retox" and I knew there'd be a few in my future:
It's made with Patron Silver, a bunch of juices and a dusting of cayenne pepper. Delicious with a kick!
The Spouse had a Tito's martini. I won't post a picture as, well, martinis are boring. Until you've had four.
Our neighbour said, "Get the tuna tartar.. trust me." So, I did. Wow! It blew my head off - it literally opened my sinuses! Wasabi creme?!? Are you kidding me? I could have eaten four of these for the entire meal!
The Spouse had the "it-takes-ten-minutes-to-make" (which is okay when you're sitting with your best friend, Retox) French onion soup..."This is a holy experience... I'm seeing the gates! I'm seeing the gates!!"
I opted for the seafood medley - the true test of which was the calamari: if it was rubbery, this review would go south. It was tender and soft - the medley was wonderful and even better paired with a glass of Honig Sauvignon Blanc...okay, two glasses.
And The Spouse went for, what else?, the ribeye "Ugh! I'm full but can't stop eating this steak!" + two glasses of Bouchard Pere y Fils Pinot Noir:
I opted for dessert and had a scoop of chocolate chip gelato served on a base of almond crunch. Oink!
A great meal, reasonably priced and all plates were licked clean. Glad we came back!
Now, if they could just get a private car service and cones of silence, that would make it perfect!