We went to Lolita last night (just north of Capogiro) and, overall, had a great meal.
For appetizers, we ordered the guacamole ($7) and the queso fundido ($8). The guacamole was terrible - needed more salt and tanginess and was way too creamy. It was served with (non-homemade) chips and Terra chips (yes, Terra chips, not homemade root vegetable chips). The queso fundido was quite tasty though.
The main entrees were superb - at least a few notches above the apps that we ordered. We got the lamb done two ways ($21) and the carne asada ($22). The carne asada was fantastic - a great cut of beef, with interesting seasonings. The lamb was great too - one was done 'barbacoa' style (similar to lamb 'barbacoa' I've had in Mexico, but less smoky, more saucy). The sauce was really good - with just a touch of sweetness. The second style was a tenderloin cut with a salsa/mojo on top and huitlacloche. The huitacloche was a little too subtle, but otherwise it was good too. Both dishes were very generous, but they were so good that we finished everything.
For dessert, we debated going to Capogiro, but decided to try the Pecan Cheesecake and the Chocolate Tres Leches ($7 each). The Cheesecake was super creamy - very nicely done - but I could not see/taste a pecan anywhere??? The Chocolate Tres Leches did not work, though. A good Tres Leches is supposed to ooze sweet milk. I thought this chocolate rendition would ooze chocolate, but alas, it was not oozing anything, it definitely needed to be moister. It also needed to be more boldly flavored, the chocolate was not strong enough. It just wasn't creamy or choclately enough for me.
I thought the entrees were on par with entrees at both Maya and Rosa Mexicano in NYC and definitely a few notches above Tequila's and at least ten notches above Las Cazuelas. Maya was my fav restaurant when I lived in NYC, so I am speaking very highly of Lolita when I say this. The apps and the desserts need work though (or maybe we did not choose the best options).
Non-food notes: It's BYO, they don't take reservations, and they don't take credit cards. The no credit card policy it's pretty tough, considering the prices are not that cheap (budget about $80 per couple). The ambiance was very lively.
Note for Sylvia - it was very noisy, though.
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