Since Paladar is close to the office, we checked it out for lunch last week (I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d be a regular). I tried the black bean soup with pico de gallo and cilantro and ensalada mixta with mixed greens, avocado, shallots, pumpkin seeds and sherry vinaigrette. Jamie had the chicken milanesa with sun dried tomatoes and glazed onions.
The black bean soup was really good. The consistency was more blended than I expected, had a very slight warmth and was very filling. I don’t think my soup had any cilantro. The pico de gallo was good, I just wish I had more of it. I like the tomatoes with the beans, good flavor. The salad was not bad. I enjoyed the avocado, seeds and shallots, but I couldn’t really taste the sherry in the dressing. In the bites I could detect it, it had good flavor and went well with the avocado. The only other thing I would have liked on this salad would be cheese – like shredded manchengo or something similar.
I’m not a big fan of chicken but I will say Jamie’s chicken sandwich was pretty good. I’m not sure what the flavor was exactly, it was different but enjoyable. You could get the chicken grilled or fried and they give you the option of Cuban wheat or white bread. He opted for grilled with wheat, but was given fried with white. He said that’s not what he ordered and the server came back with the right bread, but still fried chicken. We chalked it up to grand opening mistakes.
The prices for lunch weren’t too bad, either. The bill was $20. Next time I’ll try the Cuban gazpacho and cezar salad. I heard their cezar with sugarcane dressing is a nice twist on the original.