Camino Sur

Last Friday, I was invited to a business lunch at a restaurant called Camino Sur, which turned out to be the nicest surprise I’ve had in a long time. I was interested to see that this restaurant truly reflects the whole “Daisy” theme featuring food from all over Latin America. Miguelina and I arrived earlier than our hosts and had the opportunity to check out the menu, which looked very interesting with a nice ceviche selection, and appetizers representative of Peru, Argentina, Cuba, and Colombia to name a few. As soon as out hosts arrived we eagerly placed our order.

Miguelina and I “rock, paper, scissored” for the Conch Ceviche seasoned with red onion, parsley, and lime, with Migui winning the toss. It turned ou to be every bit of delicious as we anticipated. The texture of the conch had just the right amount of “tooth” and the citrus of the lime played beautifully against the sweetness of the conch and the bite of the red onion. It was garnished with crunchy sweet potato chips.

The salmon ceviche sounded very interesting, being dressed with a puree of guava, thinly sliced red onion, and orange. We thought that it might be a bit sweet, but surprisingly it was not, the flavors balancing themselves beautifully.

Our other host ordered the Ropa Vieja empanadas, which had a delicious crispy pastry and perfectly seasoned, minced Ropa Vieja and baby peas. They certainly did not disappoint.

I ordered the Ajiaco, the traditional hearty soup from Colombia. This could have easily been my lunch, as the portion was huge. The soup verged on a stew with chunks of chicken and potatoes, and the traditional accoutrements of avocado and sour cream, with the capers giving the dish a delicious briny note.

I made a mental promise to myself to make a return visit and try the Duck Arepas, the Spicy Salt Cod and Potato Fritters, and the Tuna Tiradito.

With the business meeting well under way, our entrees arrived, and we all took a moment to savor the aromas wafting up from our plates. Migui had the Grilled Salmon served with chayote, red onion and mint salad, and patacones (we call them tostones where I come from!). The salmon was done medium, the salad was refreshed by the mint, and the plantains offered a nice crunch to the dish.

I had the Milanesa, which was really prepared authentically, with the beef pounded very thin, breaded and fried to a perfect crisp, and served “a caballo” which means “on horseback”, which further translated means it has a fried egg on top. The plate was finished off with a lovely salad of spring greens dressed in a delightful vinagrette. Our hosts had the Peruvian roast chicken served with fluffy coconut rice, roasted plantains and lime. The chicken was moist and well seasoned, and coconut rice is personal favorite. An order of gnocchi with tomato sauce and cheese seemed out of place among such fare, but when you take into consideration the large Italian communities in countries like Argentina and Venezuela, it makes a lot more sense. They were light and delicious, and as good as I’ve ever had.

By the time we were done with our entrees (I asked for a doggie bag), I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to eat another thing for the next week, at least! However, the waitress assured us that it would be criminal not to try at leat a couple of desserts, and so we defied reason (and our stomachs!) and ordered the Bread Pudding with a pisco and dulce de leche sauce and the Tres Leches Cake. Three words:




I’m not one with a sweet tooth, but I have to tell you that the Bread Pudding was life altering. The Tres Leches was light and delicious and not cloyingly sweet, but I kept going back to that bread pudding.

The business meeting was a success, but our lunch was monumental! I will certainly be back to visit Camino Sur! Thanks to Ileana Collado and Michelle Azan from Terra Networks USA for introducing us to this little gem!

Camino Sur

336 W. 37th St., New York, NY 10018
between Eighth and Ninth Aves.


4 Responses to “Camino Sur”

  1. 1 Jason Perlow January 30, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Oh man, that looks awfully tasty. Which restaurant should I hit first, this or Mamajuana?

  2. 2 daisy January 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    hmmmm….thats a tough call cuz its apples and oranges. I guess I’m going to have to go with Mamajuana first, because its my kind of comfort food…and there’s The Puerquito!!

  3. 3 Ray Broadway January 31, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Wow!!! I’m already fat from the winter, and now i’m going to be following you all over New York City eating everywhere you eat. The restaurants should hang a sign in the window that says “Daisy was here”, so passer-by will know that there’s good Spanish food hidden within. Sort of like an Oprah’s Book Club reccomendation, but for restaurants. If you have any more secret places to share, please let us know!

  4. 4 daisy February 1, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Hey Ray,

    That’s a pretty cool idea, but I don’t know how it’s going to catch on. I think most people would be inclined to say, “Who?”, lol. I will definately keep you guys posted on other places, and make sure that you let me know what you think of them if you visit.


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