On Friday evening, my girlfriend suggested we try something new and we ventured into Oldtown Scottsdale for dinner at The Mission. Upon arriving we were seated in the dining room and were stricken by the ambience of the low lighting and dramatic artwork and furnishings. Unfortunately, this is it where it ended.
The dinner, I smartly refer to as the Mission Imposible, began with a pomegranite margarita ($12.) and a beer, The restaurant lists a huge page of maragaritas on the menu, unfortunately, margaratias made from Sour mix out of gun, like a college bar, with some pomegranite juice, just don't make the cut. It was sour and revolting.
Next up was the the house specialty, according to our server, guacamole ($12)). Taking a page out of the Barrio Cafe's playbook, another server pulled up a cart next to our table and began to make the guacamole, tableside. As I watched him skin and piut the avocados, mash them, squeeze some lime and add a serrano pepper, I was amused that there was no cilanttro. Trouble was looming. He finished the guacamole with chipotle sauce, "for that smoky" flavor and olive oil. Both of these final ingredients seemed odd. He left the table and told he would return with some hot chips, 15 minutes later, we still had no chips.
The chips were ultimately delivered by our server upon prompting from me, when I could get her attention as she never checked to see if we likedit and thus, did not realize we had no chips. I explained that her counterpart had delivered no chips. Once we had chips, I dipped into the guacamole and discovered it was flat, lacked flavor and tasted something like baby food. This was an embarrasement as this was the house special!
With an empty beer bottle on the table and an empty water bottle($7) for well over 10 minutes, I waited patiently for some attention from our server, who was busy with a table of friends or regulars next to our table. Finally, another beer was offered, though it took another 10 minutes for it to be delivered! More water was never poured or offered!
We ordered 2 entrees for dinner: Chicken tacos ($15) and Braised RIbs ($32). Upon arrival of the entrees, I was shocked to see the size of the tacos. While there were three on the plate, the taco itself was approcimately 4 inches in diameter. The tortillas were thick, cold and reminded me of second grade class projct when we learned how corn was pounded to make tortillas. The tacos lacked flavor, had little meat and a small amount of cheese on the tacos that was not melted, but cold!
The Braised short rib, was also poor. The short rib was very tiny and very fatty. The short rib was served with pork belly that was undercooked as an old shoe. It had no flavor and was poorly flavored as well.
Total bill for the meal was $87. The service was poor. the portions wre tiny and the food was awful.
I left the restaurant hungry and spent the entire ride home wondering what was in my refrigerator so that I could come home and have something for dinner.
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