Last Monday I beat it down to King City from San Francisco to catch up with the AIDS Life Cycle crew. Two chow pals were volunteer roadies for this major fundraiser and would camp there overnight. It’s the longest day of the week-long trek for them, and I like to treat them to a dinner away from the camp mess.
I got to town before they did and had a chance to reconnoiter. This year I picked El Sinaloense, a mariscos specialist, for our Mexican dinner. I’d been here at least once before, perhaps 10 years ago, and had a vague recollection of a seafood cocktail with oysters and abalone.
All the walls are painted with colorful murals. The leatherette chairs looked freshly upholstered and were quite comfortable to sink into and relax. The complimentary chips, golden brown and very crunchy, were a fine foil for the excellent salsa casera.
Yes, indeed, El Sinaloense offers a campechana coctel with shrimp, octopus, abalone, and oysters. We decided to forego the oysters and ordered the mixto coctel version, $12.50. The shrimp were a shade overcooked, the octopus was perfect, and the abalone cut a little too big and chewy. The coctel had more ketchup than I’d like, but did have a good note of celery water coming through. Plenty of cucumber, avocado and red onions, and a few extra squeezes of lime set things right.
The coctel was ample enough for the three of us to share easily. Here’s a closer look at the components.
Mole con gallina, $11.50, featured three pieces of skinless, dark meat chicken. The meat was juicy and fresh-tasting napped with velvety mole poblano. The mole was good, not the best. I pointed out the yellow rice with bits of vegetable that’s common around this area. Best part of this plate turned out to be the old school-style, lard-saturated refritos, so tasty and glistening with rich porkiness. The chewy flour tortillas served with this were excellent. Our waitress had steered us away from ordering the corn ones.
We also tried a couple tacos, $2.50 each. The corn tortillas were stiff and not sweated on the plancha. Chewy carnitas were too dry. Much better was the excellent carne asada taco, deliciously seasoned and deeply beefy with crunchy browned bits. Some of the best asada around, quite unexpected at a seafood place.
El Sinaloense Restaurant
231 Broadway St
King City, CA
To Fight HIV