7 hounds gathered last night in the Mission for a nice meal at El Delfin. Here's what we had:
2 orders of tostada de ceviche. The ceviche was made with catfish, some commented that it tasted a bit muddy. Serving was generous for 3 dollars per order.
1 small caldo de pollo (chicken soup), which contained chayote, potatoes, tomato, lime and chicken (among other things). I thought the broth was very flavorful, I would definitely stop by here just for a chicken soup on a cold night.
1 chicken fajitas. Commercial corn tortillas were served on the side with this and all other dishes.
1 pescado a la veracruzana (made with tilapia since they were out of snapper), marinated and cooked in tomato sauce, onion, bell pepper, olive, garlic and oregano. Generous serving and nice presentation.
1 camarones al ajillo (shrimp with garlic sauce). The sauce was supposed to be "extremely hot" but was barely spicy at all. Still, the garlic and touch of cream were great. Came with thin french fries that were I thought were just OK but good for dipping in the sauce.
1 camarones al chile chipotle (shrimp with chipotle chili sauce). This sauce also had a touch of cream, good chipotle flavor. This may have been my favorite dish. Similar presentation and sides as the garlic sauce shrimp.
1 volcan en Molcajete: "Pieces of tender meat "arranchera" style prepared with cactus, sausages, onion, and cheese topped with red sauce" This was served "volcano style" in a heavy hot pot overflowing with the red sauce. Very picture-worthy, and the sauce was different than other dishes I've had before. I'll leave it up to someone else to describe this further.
1 Chicken with mole verde - Green mole was fine but not too interesting in my opinion. Served with rice and refried beans, the chicken itself was tender and flavorful.
Service was very friendly, and we were provided with extra plates and bowls to enable sharing. Tortilla chips were freshly fried (and delicious), corn tortillas were not homemade but were plentiful. I was pleasantly surprised to see the restaurant so busy on a Monday night, everyone there seemed to be enjoying his/her meal. It was nice to eat with fellow chowhound, I'm looking forward to more chowhound meals in the future!
I don't have time to go into more detail about dishes right now, so I'll leave that job for others.
Chau, thanks all for the great meal
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