04/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Basura means trash in Spanish and unfortunately, I probably could have scrounged up a better meal in some any other restaurant's garbage dumpster. Sorry, but I'm still a little annoyed after taking a cab from my Magnificent Mile hotel over to a nearly empty Sangria with my wife. We walked in to an unattended hostess stand, only to discover three minutes later that she was one of the five or six employees gathered around the bar catching up on the latest gossip instead of doing her job. She then proceeded to tell us to have a seat at the bar and wait. With no further explanation, my wife and I sat puzzled looking at dozens of clean, empty and prepared tables trying to figure out why weren't sitting at one of them. Another couple drifted in and was immediately seated while we waited. After about ten minutes, I asked the hostess why we were waiting and she said that she didn't want to seat us and not have a server ready for us, but she promised it would only be another minute. Five minutes later we were seated.
We ordered some Ham and Potato Croquettes, a Cuban Salad, Grilled Mushroom plate as well as some Grilled Octopus. The mushrooms literally tasted like they used Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup to make the sauce. the octopus was the worst I've ever had, the croquettes were flavorless and the salad was just average (which made it the highlight of the meal). I also had a well below average traditional Sangria (red wine, brandy and fruits - how does a restaurant named Sangria mess that up?).