Went back to MPE yesterday (Saturday) after a post-OC register review hiatus. Arrived about 4:00 pm and the place was packed and stayed that way throughout, including the presence of two large groups, one of which was a B-day party. Even so, both the food and service were spot on. Chef Santiago was in the house along with two assistants in the front kitchen, maybe another in back and Sergio, his nephew, as the lone server. They are definitely handling the increased traffic. No trauma. Perhaps my best meal there to date.
Had the exquisite Pescado Robalo Zarandeados and the perfectly grilled Langostinos prepared with a delicious orange-chipotle sauce. Smack on!
Took home a dozen Enchiladas de Queso con Cotija y Crema – dazing & amazing!
Make sure to ask for the spicy red chile salsa as well as a bowl of the tomatillo (green chile) salsa. The salsa first brought out with the chips is throttled down extensively (kiddie salsa).
Oh yeah, do enjoy one of the horchata's blended with crushed ice. Bomb!