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Re: “An Afternoon at El Coqui

We have eaten at this restaurant twice since its opening. I will say, their service was decent, however, the first time (Feb 5, 2010) we dined there, we were seated rather quickly, but our food took a very long time to be served. We were almost at the point of leaving, but the waitress convinced to stay. After the long wait, our food finally arrived. My wife ordered the specialty of the house (pernil, pastel, and arroz con gandules), I opted for the carne frita - fried pork pieces. Our food was really good, well made and a good portion. The place caters for kids, however, needed to add lids to their drinks. Our second visit was yesterday ( Feb 7) and was rather dissapointing. We waitied almost 10 minutes to be seated, which is understandable if you have a full house. There were plently of tables open. Once we got seated, we asked for a table for 5 and basically had to rearrange the tables myself (only have tables for 4) before the waiter finally showed up. This time, I decided to to order something different, a ham and cheese sandwich - a "caribbean sandwich". The sandwich resembled a panini. The waiter asked me if I wanted butter or mayo, I opted for mayo. My wife had the same thing as the previous visit. When my sandwich arrived, it looked good, however, it was very dry, no mayo-no big deal I guess. My wife's food however, was anything but the delicious plate she had last time. Her pernil looked like a reheated piece of pork, very dry and even had a weird taste. Her pastel was ok and the arroz con gandules average. The only thing different she ordered was the yuca, a potato-like dish, and believe me, that was the only part of the meal that was satisfying. I will highly recommend you try the restaurant maybe in a few months once they get their act together. The food like I said was good the first time, the second, time needed work. The service, rather lacking experience. The location is good and the place clean and nice. Give it a try, but do not have high expectations.

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Posted by PEGonzalez on 02/08/2010 at 7:59 PM

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