Cod Fish CakesWe split an appetizer, the cod fish cakes, which came to the table really hot. They were "potato-chip" crispy on the outside and creamy inside, a texture combination that I loved. The flavor of the potato and cod fish was sweetened by some onion and enhanced with aromatic parsley. The sauce seemed to me to be a mix of mayonnaise and BBQ sauce with a little extra kick from some pepper. It was OK, but I preferred the cakes without it.
Carne d'EspetoI ordered the shish kebob, Carne d'Espeto. It showed up on a really long skewer with a side of Portuguese fries and rice. On the skewer were chunks of beef, chouriço, mushrooms, onions and peppers. The meat was good, not particularly flavorful. The mushrooms were dry, and the onions and peppers were thin, not the thick and succulent accompaniment I expected. The side of fries were great—hot, salty and crispy—but the rice was a bit dry and just OK. Overall, it was alright, nothing special.
Mesa 21 SteakMy friend, opted for the Mesa 21 Steak, basically, a bife à casa— a Portuguese steak with fries, an egg, some rice, a red pepper and some olives. He found the steak good, though, a little tough—and generally, Portuguese steaks are a tough cut. But it's a good size plate, and for the price, it's a good deal. Perhaps there's a lesson here to be learned, namely, if a restaurant has a good reputation for a particular dish, maybe you ought to try it! OK, I'll have to keep Mesa 21 in the back of my mind and try that pizza next time.
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Fall River MA 02720