El Cantabrico

I’m going to take a chance here, and assume that you all have gotten the clear indication that my trip to the D.R. was a resounding success. Let me take that one step further, and say that one of the most unforgettable meals that I had on my trip, was a the El Cantabrico restaurant, which has been at the same site for 42 years.

I would be hard pressed to say that I have ever been treated with more genuine hospitality and graciousness in a restaurant. The charming (and handsome!) captain, Esteban, described dishes, explained ingredients, and refreshed us with pitchers of Sangria.

Esteban brings out lechon

Esteban shows us Spiny Lobster

White Sangria


Esteban and Daisy look the Centollo (crab) over
I should probably say that choosing things from the menu was something of a difficult task, as everything sounded good! We started out with an order of the buttery, nutty, Jamon Iberico (I cannot get enough of that stuff!), Croquetas de Jamon, Chorizo al Vino, Pulpo a la Gallega (olive oil, garlic, and paprika), a delightful Cantabrico Salad (which was more like an antipasto),Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Centollo stuffed Asparagus (how do you stuff an asparagus, you say?….Very carefully!)with a creamy bechamel sauce. We were sent over a delightful Ensalada de Mariscos, on the house, while we waited for our appetizers.


Jamon Iberico……………………………………Croquetas de Jamon


Chorizo al Vino………………………………...Pulpo a la Gallega 


Ensalada Cantabrico …………………………..Patatas Bravas


Centollo stuffed Asparaus……………..Ensalada de Mariscos 

Right around this time, the wonderful owner of El Cantabrico, Don Elias Moure, came over to the table, and introduced himself. A charming native of the land of Iberia, Don Elias had us all giggling like little girls, at his funny stories, and his shameless flirting!


When the entrees started coming out, Don Elias made sure there was plenty more sangria to help us wash everything down. The entrees were every bit as delicious as anticipated, but the Paella far exceeded any of our expectations!


Centollo Criollo

Callos (tripe)


Filet Mignon in a Black Pepper Sauce 

Paella

Cochinillo(roast suckling pig)

Fine Spanish fare indeed, until it came time for the sides: tostones and sliced avocado!…And that is what dining in the D.R. is all about! Thousands of immigrants who visited and fell in love with Quisqueya, brought the foods and dishes from home, and now they have become “Dominicanized”. Gee, where have I heard that concept before? 😉

One would think that would be more food than five average women could possible consume, but Don Elias had other thoughts, and sent our waiter, Pedro Facundo, over with a monster dessert cart.


We settled on the traditional  Spanish Torta de Santiago (almond cake), Dominican Majarete (sweet cord pudding), a Delicia de Pina (pineapple cake), and a Coconut Flan. “Yes, thank you, and 5 stomach pumps, please!”

Torta de Santiago ………………………………….Majarete


Delicia de Pina……………………………………Flan de Coco

We were actually sad to leave the warm, homey atmosphere of El Cantabrico, and it’s attentive, accommodating staff, but we promised Don Elias that I would happily share my experience at the restaurant with many of my friends. Mission accomplished!


Dona Miguelina, Daisy, Don Elias, Migui, Ninotchska, and Dona Magda

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2 Responses to “El Cantabrico”


  1. 1 Jason Perlow August 19, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    That is one big ass crab!

  2. 2 daisy August 19, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    You can’t believe how sweet the meat was!


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