I have been living in the Roma Norte neighbourhood since 2004, but it took me almost 11 years to discover La Perla de la Roma. The reason? Well, from the outside it looks tough and uninviting with iron bars and barbwire on the windows and it’s located on an traffic-jammed avenue that separates Roma Norte from the Doctores neighbourhood. But besides that, on weekends the place is always packed and, to me, that was a good sign. I mean, the food MUST be good, because the place is ugly as getting a kick in the groin.
So finally, one day a good friend came by my place, he had a craving for some seafood, so we decided to give La Perla de la Roma a try. It was amazing. The food is great, fresh and tasty. The portions are huge and the beer is cold like your ex’s heart.
From the outside it may appear to be a third world prison, but inside the place is decorated like a coral reef with plaster fish, clams and sea turtles hanging from the ceiling. It’s kitsch and colourful, imagine being trapped on a low budget set for The Little Mermaid. You’re going to love it!
Well, back to the food. My favourites are the fried octopus (served with white rice and salad), the “aguachile” (a dish made with shrimp, sliced onion, cucumber and green chilli pepper marinated in lemon juice and salt), the classic seafood soup (fish, shrimp and clams) and the fresh oysters.