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el vez review (long)


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el vez review (long)

jess | | Mar 2, 2004 12:06 PM

went to el vez for an early dinner on sat. evening, and was relatively unimpressed by the food. the atomisphere was colorful and interesting, the service (including the host staff) was excellent. the food however, was overpriced and inconsistent. In general the food was over salted and had the lack of balance and finesse that i attribute to doing too much volume. i love mexican cuisine (both authentic and americanized styles) and i must say there are much better options around town. the fresh tortilla chips, salsas and guacomole are all excellent (although $12 for guacamole seems a little excessive) the rest of the meal was mediocre. manchego cheese dip was unispired and just tasted like blan melted cheese. the shrimp quesadila was inedibly salty. the house salad with adobo chicken was large (thanks to romaine lettuce) but the olive and cumin flavors were over the top and unbalanced. the accompanying chicken by contrast was a bit blan. the entree carne asada, was also weak (and overpriced at $24). blan grilled beef fanned out over a cilantro and chayote salad. the salad was fresh and tart and a odd match for the blan charred beef. it did come with a nice side dish of rice with cheese and corn. anyway, all told with 3 drinks (average margarita, average sangria, above average frozen blood orange margarita) $90 (not including gratuity). not worth it, not a great place for dinner. go for chips and drinks...