El Olvido gives you all the glittering bayview ambience of the posh Las Brisas restaurants, without the taxi ride. The menu is one of the most sophisticated in the city. It's expensive, but each dish is delightful in presentation and taste. Start with one of the 12 house specialty drinks, such as Olvido, made with tequila, rum, Cointreau, tomato juice, and lime juice. Soups include delicious cold avocado cream, and thick black bean and chorizo. Among the innovative entrees are grilled quails with honey and pasilla chiles, thick sea bass with a mild sauce of cilantro and avocado, and lamb chops with chipotle. For dessert, I recommend chocolate fondue or guanábana (a tropical fruit) mousse in a rich zapote negro (black tropical fruit) sauce. El Olvido sits at the back of the Plaza Marbella shopping center fronting Diana Circle. Although the bay view is lovely, a drawback is that the dance clubs down the shoreline can often be heard after 10pm.
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- Highly Recommended 2010