Back story and disclosure: Almost 30 years ago Bryson Keens spent a year in one of my daughter's school classes, then left and suddenly reappeared in our lives this year, opening the well-received Points South with chef Scott Stauber. When another of my daughters' birthday loomed, the family decided we should eat there; thus we were known to the house and received unusual attention, but perhaps that's the way they treat all customers.
Points South Latin Kitchen is located on the terribly crowded and popular Thames St (1640 Tel:443-563-2018) but we entered and found in the interior warm and quiet, excepting the music, which was quickly turned down. We were seated in a lovely wine cellar room by the owner and given glasses of bubbly - a Gougenheim Sparkling Malbec from Argentina. He indicated that it would go nicely with the fiery grilled octopus with olives, a dish I thought was the highlight of the night. One quibble: it's too bad it's not served with gluten-free tacos or bread (I forgot to mention the resto is gluten-free).
Next we had small plate portions of fried plantain chips with an Aztec pumpkin seed dip and a Peruvian-Chinese style salmon with green beans and almonds; which came with two Sauvignon Blancs; a Cousino Macul from Chile and a Leyda from Chile that was almost sweet.
The introduction to the main course was seared fresh cheese with chorizo and the main - Argentinian beef (NY strip) steak, which the chef delivered two ways at our request - medium rare for everyone but me - mine was perfectly cooked blue; again with wine pairings of an Argentinian Callia Alta Malbec and a Chilean Casa La Postolle Cab.
Finally, the crew had Venezuelan chocolate and dolce de leche marble cake and I had a lovely deconstructed flan; these with a Portuguese Taylor Fladgate 10 year tawny port.
The bill for 6, with these superb and spicy offerings, with water and generous wine pairings, but no coffees, was $466.96, thus $148.98 before tip.
Go? Despite my conflict of interest, I say a strong "Yes." I think we got the same superb food as the rest of the house (he has 204 covers) although Bryson's attentiveness and the wait-staff's diligence certainly were special