[Pigging by Wilfrid: June 29, 2009]
Thanks to ProChile, the trade commission for that long and narrow country, I enjoyed a "Flavors of Chile" lunch at Centrico while the rain hammered the sidewalks of Tribeca outside.
Sitting through the speeches, I tried to think of an actual Chilean restaurant in New York, and came up empty, although the shrewd multi-blogger to my right recalled Chilean hot dogs somewhere in Queens. Eating in Translation has that covered, as usual.
The ceviche of Chilean salmon was a timely reminder that chef Sanchez is a master of marinated seafood and sends out an excellent ceviche sampler on the regular Centrico menu. There was some habanero in here, imparting a slow-building heat to the passion-fruit juice, but the main novelty was the deployment of Chilean myrtle berries, fruit of the luma apiculata. They were described as somewhat like blueberries, and I can do no better - they imparted sweetness, and a little bit of seedy crunch.