House special - mushroom steak. It wasn't as massive as what the waiter described, but still sizable. The mushrooms were canned - I don't understand why a restaurant would use them. If you can't get fresh button mushrooms, there must be some other kind you can get - chanterelles, oysters, portabellos, or any kind of local varieties.
The flavour of the canned mushrooms was a detriment to the dish, but it was still welcome to see SOME kind of vegetables on my plate. The sauce wasn't that great, but it was a nice cut of beef - tender, juicy, and tasty. But it was missing something ... I kept adding salt, but it didn't help much. It was lacking that certain oomph that makes a great steak.
The side dish was yummy little fried potato balls - they may have even been chickpeas, I really couldn't tell. The sauce went better with the fried balls than it did with the steak. There was a lot of cilantro on the dish - interesting, but not sure if I liked how it was used. While not a great meal, it was still great value - it probably cost half as much as a similar meal back home. I finished up my meal, and my journal writing - I've finally caught up! With all the good food, good friends, and good conversation for the past few weeks, I haven't had much opportunity to write. As such, I've been several days behind in my journal until now.