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Disappointment at Guaymas (long)

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Disappointment at Guaymas (long)

Fatemeh | Jun 11, 2002 09:18 PM

So, the cat's out of the bag - I'm the culprit for the cancellation of the final LimsterFest dinner at Guaymas, and here's why.

About 10 days ago, I went to Guaymas for a group dinner with 6 other people. This was a birthday dinner for someone who always requests Guaymas. After this year, he said he'd have to find a new place.

From the moment we were seated, there were problems. The table wasn't entirely cleared, and it wasn't set yet. Our server came over and took care of it promptly, but I still question why it wan't done before we sat down.

Our drink order came to us all wrong - 3 out of 7 people got the wrong drink. We sent them back, and when he came back, only 2 people had drinks. The 3rd was forgotten entirely! Anyway, it took about 20 minutes to get 7 margs.

As we perused the menu, we all commented on how much the prices had gone up since last year. No matter - we just KNEW the food would be great.

We ordered 3 appetizers to go around - the pumpkin tamales, a baked oyster dish and ceviche. The tamales proved to be pretty flavorless - I think the frozen tamales at Trader Joe's are better than these. I actually enjoyed the oysters, though most of the rest of the table didnt. The flavor was good, though they were a bit overcooked and thus chewy. The ceviche never showed up - even after we reminded our waiter!

Entrees were no better. They landed on the table before appetizers were cleared. Overall, the comment at the table was that most everything lacked the incredible flavor that Guaymas was famous for. Stuffed poblanos had all of 6 pomegranate seeds, and were missing the tang and flavor of the past. Achiote chicken was overcooked and had no achiote flavor. Platillo Vegetariano was a few grilled vegetables with no sauce and no seasoning; came with a cold bean salad that was congealing in the bowl. Chipotle Camarones again had no heat, and there were 6 (what's with that number) shrimp for $18. The $26 snapper, grilled with vegetables again had no sauce; the flavor of the fish itself was good, but it was overcooked.

By this time, we'd had another round of drinks, and only 2 of them were wrong. Making progress.

They brought out a lovely chocolate mousse cake for the birthday boy... before taking coffee orders. We ordered our coffee, and somehow they managed to bring out the right drinks - but they also tried to tell me I ordered another chocolate mousse cake, which I didn't.

When our bill came, we'd been charged for the ceviche, and an extra ($7) margarita (but not the extra dessert). Not chump change. We decided to leave our tip based on the corrected amount, and draw our server's attention to it on the way out - to be honest, we just wanted to leave at that point and were all getting frustrated. When we mentioned the errors to him, we got a nasty look that said "I already comped you dessert and 3 margaritas".

For $50/head, you could do far, far better at several places in Sausalito. In fact, for that price, I'd rather get a margarita at Margaritaville then head to Ondine for a dinner by sunset.

Now, this MIGHT have been an isolated experience... but from the comments i was hearing from other diners, i sort of doubt it. And one of our party had been there for a similarly poor dinner a month ago - and had chalked it up to a "bad day." I think this is a case of "riding on the coattails of a tourist trap reputation".

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