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Reviewed: April 27, 2012
I never expected to eat a maki roll named for King Kong in Baja California Sur. Luckily, there was more to Carlito’s Place than the kind of over-sauced sushi that I actively avoid in L.A. The setting was relaxing, with a palapa covered dining patio, surrounding palm trees, and a bar featuring fresh fruit margaritas from the chef’s partner, Brianda. Carlito Cham’s cooking worked well at its simplest, as it was with the ponzu dressed yellowtail sashimi. Still, the best dishes fused Asian heritage with Mexican flair, including sweet blue crab from nearby Magdalena Bay, fried in a savory red “Vietnamese” sauce crafted from ginger, garlic, chilies, tomatoes, white wine and butter. Our lunch’s big winner was spiny lobster from Punta Lobos, shell presented upright in a sweet curry with lingering spice from a pair of Mexican chilies: arbol and piquina.
This review was submitted by Joshua Lurie, a writer from Los Angeles. Joshua has participated in the Baja.com Scribes program, a program designed to encourage writers to create original content about Baja California. Baja Scribes may receive food, lodging or payment, but they are encouraged to submit their own opinions on this site, which may not reflect the views or opinions of Baja.com. Joshua’s website documenting his travels can be found here.
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