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“Dream come true!”
Review of Boca a Boca

Boca a Boca
Ranked #96 of 328 Restaurants in San Salvador
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a Salvadorean living in the U.S., I dreamed someone would do fusion Salvadorean food on a gourmet level. This restaurant did it! The staff was attentive, knowledgeable and eager to make the experience a 10. The food was full of surprises. The dish that blew me away was one with deep fried tortilla cubes, with fresh cream, drizzled with mint oil, skinless tomato cubes, and cuajada, a soft cheese, topped with tortilla carbon. For foodies, it is out of this world!!

I must also applaud the cocktail, Mangoneada de Arrayan, with alhuaiste on the rim - alhuaiste is an indigenous ingredient (ground pumpkin seeds) near and dear to El Salvador and its people. Wonderful touch!

Thank you for making my trip “home” so delicious and memorable!!

Thank joblanco
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

The food was good even though not perfect. My fish dish seemed like something was missing. The ceviche was sparce, and the kale salad bland.
Our server started out great then it got busy and everything went to ... it was disappointing.
The space is loud, loud music and people screaming to be heard.
In time I hope they work out all their bugs.

Thank PeterBruceG
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We were attracted to this restaurant by a glowing review from one of our fellow passengers on our flight from Managua, and he didn't put us wrong!

The concept is to use only the best local ingredients to produce imaginative fusion dishes based on El Salvador cuisine.

The restaurant itself is situated in the San Benito area, a part of town containing many embassies, which feels safer than many parts of San Salvador. We traveled there by taxi as is recommended after dark in San Salvador and the restaurant ordered us a taxi to return to our hotel. At all times we felt perfectly safe in doing this.

We visited on a Tuesday evening when the restaurant offers Martes de Proyectos, in which each of their chefs is encouraged to prepare a dish of their choice, the best of which is to be incorporated into their regular menu. In taking this option, the cost of our meal, including 2 glasses of wine and 1 pisco sour, came to the ridiculously inexpensive sum of $62. Had we selected from the a la carte menu, I'm sure we could have made the evening pricier, but we were very happy with our selection.

It amazes me that this could be the first time in my life where I could wax lyrical about 'sliders de hamburguesa' which were a perfectly prepared revelation to me (I must eat a hamburger once in every 2/3 years). It looked just like its fast food equivalent, right down to the bun, but the taste and texture were sublime. Even better, the star turn when we visited was the chenga de cerdo jalado y salsa de frijoles - pulled pork with black bean sauce, a perfect combination. When we return to El Salvador, as I hope we can in the future, we fully expect this to have been incorporated onto the regular menu.

I'm sorry this place doesn't yet have its own website, instead relying on Facebook. There again, my wife and I are part of a very small number not registered with Facebook, so this would hardly be an objection for most. Our lack of Spanish was an initial obstacle, but the English speaking (and ex Noma!) chef came to our rescue and all was well. Eating this quality of food could persuade us to pay more attention to our Spanish speaking skills in the future!

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

I have been to Boca Boca twice already. Came back as I fell in love the first time. It's located in a nice area in San Salvador (San Benito) and the place deco is very nice to people's eyes, aside from the fact that you can see the chef team cooking through the glass. If you can stay at the terrace, better, but any location inside is cozy and nice.

I have had an avocado tostada for appetizer, and the two meals I've fallen in love with, are: Carnitas and Porkchop (both are damn well cooked and have great flavor)

To drink, you MUST have a "Mangoneada"... really addictive!

And for dessert, you cannot leave without trying the Cardenal.

An absolute experience where you can taste some salvadoran ingredients with creative twists.

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Thank carlosvirgilioa
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