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Milagro: not exactly a miracle, but not bad either....


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Milagro: not exactly a miracle, but not bad either....

susancinsf | | Aug 15, 2006 01:44 AM

Just noticed that there havent been any reviews of Milago on this thread:

so here are some quick thoughts based on a very limited experience: I am in town for the AIDS Conference, and, probably because I had the pleasure of living in Mexico City for a while, tend to be fussy about Mexican food. So, no way would I ordinarily spend any TO calories on Mexican food, since when I asked for advice you all said it pretty much sucked....

and I will do a longer report on other Conference finds later, but as it happens, Milago is almost exactly the half way point on my walk from my hotel to the Convention Center and when it threatened rain and I felt like a drink tonight, I ducked in..

I only intended to get a margarita, but then I heard two men, obviously the owners, checking inventory and discussing the menu, at the end of the bar, in Spanish, Mexican Spanish no less, so I decided to just have a snack with my drink...Besides, as others had noted, it really is a very pleasant space. Quiet, elegant; I wanted to like sat at the very comfortable bar (there are also tables, booths in the window, and a seperate ceviche bar...


I realized(after seeing that they serve their margaritas frozen, which isn't a good sign IMO) that I wasn't in a margarita mood, so I ordered a 'sangria con lujo' (house sangria with a shot of tequila). Unfortunately, I didn't read the description carefully: it is made with club soda. Sorry, sangria should be juice and wine, imo. But then, I said I was fussy...the bartender tried to discourage me from ordering it, saying it was the most bitter drink on the menu, which just encouraged me(I don't like sweet sangrias)...but yikes! if that was wonder the server came over to ask the bartender if the bartender would remake a margarita since a table was complaining it was too sweet!

I ordered two items off of the 'botanas' (snack) menu: quesadillas ($8) and rib eye tacos ($12).

quesadillas: oh, I was excited when these came to the table: they are house made of masa, not tortillas! In other words, they look just like the real thing my sister and I used to get from our version of the legendary Arepa Lady: the 'Senora de las Quesadillas' who would griddle them in front of us on the street corner by our house in Mexico City 35 years ago, and that I still dream of on a regular basis....I quickly took a bite, and sighed: no 'miracle' at Milagro: first of all, if there was cheese in them I couldn't detect it (making the name at best misleading), but more importantly, the stuffing of vegetables and some type of meat (I think) was overcome by not fully cooked and bland-tasting Masa, making the 'quesadilla' gummy...However, the tomatillo salsa served with them was quite tasty.

The rib eye tacos, otoh, were a hit! Other than the high cost ($12 Canadian for three small tacos) I wouldn't even be embarrased to bring my Mexico City colleagues who are here for a bite of these...the rib eye was chopped into strips, deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked, then served with lime wedges, finely chopped onion and cilantro on hot, fresh, flavorful tortillas...and again, the salsa was a hit: this time it was fresh tomato with cilantro, onion and chile (I am guessing serrano). Yum! I might even stop in again for those.....

Didn't try any platos fuertes (main dishes) as I am saving per diem for Chiado Thursday :-), but prices for those ranged between $19 and $30 or so. They also have a selection of ceviches in small and large servings at around $10 to 18 depending on ingredients and size, a few salads, two soups, and some other appetizers. My fortified sangria was $8.50, which seemed very pricy to me, but then I could say that about all alcoholic beverages in Canada...

Milagro isn't a place I'd go out of my way to eat at, but for hounds looking for a quiet, elegant yet casual atmosphere and who are desperate for upscale Mexican food, I'd say it is definitely worth a stop in.