Monday, September 14, 2009

platano salvadoran cuisine

when i returned from the last trip to london and rome, i stopped into one of the local thai noodle dives to grab some roast duck noodle soup. i hadn't been to this particular dive in over six weeks, yet, one of the servers said "roast duck noodle soup and a thai iced tea?" as i sat down.

can i just say again that i hadn't been to this place in over six weeks?

so much for thinking that i'm anonymous huh?

anyway, the moral of that story was the foodie hunter needed to try some new places for gad's sake. one of the new (to the foodie hunter) places that i tried recently was platano. it serves pupusas as well as other salvadoran dishes. i'd been actually wanting to try this place for a long time....yet, it never seemed to be the right moment....until recently that is.

i was seated by the window by the super nice staff and took the opportunity to look through the menu as i am not familiar with salvadoran cuisine. there were quite a few intriguing things to choose from. while there were so many things to choose from, i must admit that i went for a pork pupusa as well as the cheese and



"salvadoran vegetable" pupusa.....

which were pretty tasty, especially with the sauce and the pickled cabbage.....


i also ordered the plate of plantains (sweet plantains...or what i think of platanos maduros ) with black beans and crema...

the plantains were by far my favorite taste of the meal.....


and were sweet....a bit carmelized....soft...but not too mushy.....it was a good softly firm texture....

they were really quite lovely.....


it is nice that i don't have to go to nyc to have platanos maduros (or wait for the heart sister to make them). platanos also have some interesting lunch specials as well, so i think i'll be back pretty soon to try out some of the other options.

platano, salvadoran cuisine, 2042 university avenue, berkeley, ca 94704, Ph: +1 510 704 0325, http://www.cafeplatano.com/

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