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Mas Malo - Good looking, loud and where's the flavor?


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Mas Malo - Good looking, loud and where's the flavor?

estone888 | | Aug 14, 2011 10:13 AM

Went to Mas Malo last night before a concert in Pershing Square. It's not the sort of place I would normally go for Mexican food, but it was near the concert and the pictures I'd seen of it looked attractive. (I don't much care for Malo on Sunset.)

The place is very fun and nice looking, loud (though probably 20 decibels or so less loud than Bottega Louie across the street.) The service was great, the house margaritas were very good and at $9 each somewhat reasonably priced for the sort of place it is. The chips were good as were the tomatillo and the tomato-serrano salsas (though I do object to paying $4 per salsa - maybe if you got your choice of one for free then had to pay for others if you wanted them, I could see that.)

As for the food, it wasn't bad so much as it was flavorless. We split the Mexican chopped salad - really dull, we had to ask for extra limes, salt and pepper to bump up the dressing, shredded iceberg lettuce - really? She had the Oaxaca Shrimp with pasilla chile, chipotle & creme which was about as bland a dish as I have tasted in a very long time. I had the Carnitas - which were almost kind of sort of nearly okay, but wouldn't make it into my top 25 carnitas in town, not even close - maybe if I was served them in, oh, say Anchorage, Alaska they would have sufficed. Also mostly flavorless and with a somewhat soggy texture. We got both corn and flour tortillas that I'm pretty sure were store bought - and not the kind you can buy at a Vallarta market or somewhere like that, more like Von's or Ralph's on the West Side.

Could be that I might go back with friends to sit at the bar, drink and eat chips and salsa, but I sure won't bother going there to eat a meal again. Concert was good, though. Michelle Shocked - who apparently lives in downtown - puts on a sort of fun, easy-going show. There was an Italian Deli food truck parked nearby that looked like it might be okay.

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