Quesadilla Central

Quesadilla Central

I like to think of myself as a “Quesadilla Conosur” :). I seek out quesadillas at new places I go to, especially when I am not sure what to try from the menu. A lot of times, ordering the quesadilla is the litmus test I use because it is such a simple item to prepare and if the restaurant botches that up, then my expectations are set pretty low for whatever else is on the menu. Cause, really, there isn’t much to it right?!

  • tortillas
  • chicken (or beef, or shrimp or lobster)
  • cheese (oh yes, the ever tasty cheese)
  • salsa
  • sour cream (i’ll have a short rant on this, so bare with me.)

So, I ordered the chicken quesadillas from the Palapa Bar & Grill in San Pedro. It was my first time here to grab a bite during lunch. Nice spot to just grab a drink as well. Their deck is over the water and what view in San Pedro doesn’t look spectacular? So there I was, with a cold Belikin in hand and then i saw, Chicken Quesadillas, so I ordered that for lunch.

A short while later my order arrived in a basket and my first impression was.. niiiiice. 🙂 See, while the ingredients to putting together a Chicken Quesadilla are simple enough, the difference comes with HOW you put those ingredients together. The tortillas needs to be on point. Not too soft or else it falls apart but not too crisp that it crumbles. There needs to be a good balance between cheese and chicken. More cheese than chicken and you might find yourself hunting for the meat. The salsa needs to be just the right amount or else you have a soggy mess that is dripping all over the place. All those things coming together make the Chicken Quesadilla juuuust riiiight and when you get it just right, it is puuuurfect.

Needless to say, Palapa Bar & Grill got it juuuust riiiight ;). The tortillas tasted fresh and were done to perfection, even giving me just the right amount of crisp. Biting into the hot serving gave me the right portions of chicken to cheese with the perfect amount of salsa to set things off. Oh and the sour cream.. YES!! (Here goes that rant i was warning you about). REAL SOUR CREAM!! What is with places that try to cheap you out with some liquid white mess that is more like just cream?! NO MAN! Gimme sour cream! The real deal! Palapa Bar & Grill got major thumbs up from me when I noticed the real sour cream.

I was more than satisfied with lunch. It was enough food for the big eater in me and at a reasonable price along with a gorgeous view. I shall return to try something else from the menu… but I might also order the Chicken Quesadillas again because those were puuuuurfect 😉

PRO TIP:

  • go early for lunch if you can. It is a nice spot and you want to get there early before more people show up.
  • Go eat on the deck. It is beautiful.
  • Ask for a sharpie. Yes, a sharpie. You will immediately notice that all over Palapa Bar & Grill has graffiti. So leave your mark as well for prosperity 😉

RESTAURANT: Palapa Bar & Grill
CONTACT: 226-3111
LOCATION: On the beach, just ask anyone.

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Elvi’s Coconut Curry Shrimp – do it!

Elvi’s Coconut Curry Shrimp – do it!

Simply saying “Coconut Curry Shrimp” makes my mouth water all over again for this perfectly balanced dish. Elvi’s Kitchen on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, serves up this delish delight and is one of their most requested off the menu. I had to find out why and woah… I got my answer loud and clear!

Elvi’s Kitchen is located on Pescador Drive in the heart of San Pedro. Their sandy floors and hardwood interior gives such a natural feel when visiting the restaurant. Also, there is art and I mean, wicked art! A section of their restaurant showcases some of the best talent on the island and in Belize. There are breathtaking pieces of different styles and all the art on sale should you realize you cannot walk away from one of them. Elvi’s secret weapon though is in the kitchen and her name is Chef Jennie Staines. Chef Jennie has been trained regionally as well as in the USA. Her focus is on Maya cooking and the menu at Elvi’s Kitchen reflects that well. Chef Jennie has traveled far and wide representing Belize taking her unique taste of home for others to share and envy. Hi-five for having her here where we can get to taste her food!

When I got to Elvi’s Kitchen for lunch, I was undecided about what to get from the menu. I had only tried a couple dishes before and those tasted great so I wanted to work my my way through the menu. Luckily the guy attending to my table suggested the Coconut Curry. So, that is what I went with and was I glad!

Presentation is key when serving up food for me. I feast with my eyes before I get to eat and when the food was brought to my table, it looked lovely. I just had to take a few photos and was quick with it as I could smell the curry. My first fork full had me pause with delight as all the tastes ran through me. What a wonderful blend of curry and coconut while tossing in some perfectly cooked shrimp and pieces of ripe plantain. Was that a raisin?! Yes please! All of this tossed around with some cooked veggies in a curry sauce. In the middle of this sea of tastiness, a column of coconut white rice to add to the array of yuminess on the plate.

Usually, I have proper manners when eating out but at the end of my meal, I couldn’t resist taking my finger and sliding up the side of the plate the last of that coconut curry flavor. Mmmm, so good.

PRO TIP:
Ask for the chef and tell her you came just for her cooking. Never know, she may send a treat to your table for the compliment ;).

RESTAURANT: Elvi’s Kitchen
CONTACT: 226-2176
LOCATION: Pescador Drive, San Pedro

post by: JC Cuellar

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