Opposite my Bs As hotel were three restaurants in a row: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.  More like the Good, the Bad & the Overcooked.

Cumaná was the Good… and the Friendly (i.e., not as unfriendly as everywhere else makes it the Friendly!).

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Colour scheme is deep red and they turn down the lights in the evening so you can’t see much of what you’re eating.  Maybe that’s why I liked it!

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Turning up at 7pm is a great idea in any Argentine restaurant.  No one is there apart from you, some Americans and people with babies.  Everyone else heads out around 9 or 10pm, maybe even later!

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I’ve come across this lots of times now, crayons at every table.  I suspect it’s not just for little kids!

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As you can see, I was here with all my Argentinian friends.

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Hurrah! The Pinguino arrived!  Often house wine is served in varying sizes of Pinguino (= Penguin, of course).  I thought they were charming and the house wine here, a Malbec, was perfectly palatable, even though it cost around the same as a bottle of water.

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Course number one: empanadas.  I selected a spicy beef (really good, like a casserole) and a cheese and ham (poor quality cheese and ham to be honest). But tasty.

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Main course was chicken and salad.  The topping on the chicken is the ‘spicy mix’.  It was really just lots of very finely chopped (blitzed?) raw onion.  Now, I can’t eat raw onion (heartburn city) so I was not a fan of this.  Plus raw onion can be nice in a salad but as a dressing, not convinced. I like crispy chicken, so the underlying product was good.

A note on salads.  Most salads did not come dressed or with a side of dressing (nor was one available).  You can see lime in the picture, this was fine – but there was also no oil.  Each to their own.

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The delivery drivers (Cumaná does pizza too) were roaring up on their fancy bikes, so that warranted a gratuitous photograph.

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I had been wondering where the room shaking music had been coming from and I discovered it! Shock bar was next door and doing a roaring trade!  Good to know.

Full of limey salad it was off to bed for another night in sunny Buenos Aires.  Toodle-oo!

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