On Friday I ended up at the opening of DF in the Pearl District. The restaurant is located at 11th and Northrup (on the north end of the block that Via Delizia is on). It's owned by the Taqueria Nueve folks. We had a group of 7, but they were able to seat us fairly quickly. The space is nice; there's a good amount of space between tables and they have those lovely high-backed booths.
While we waited for our table and the rest of our party, we ordered margaritas. I find most places make them much too sweet, but DF makes a seriously tart margarita. I enjoyed it, but it seemed that many (most?) people were sending theirs back for more sweetener, so I wouldn't be surprised if they adjust some of the margarita recipes a bit. Later on I was able to try a raspberry mojito and it was possibly the best drink I've ever had. Very fresh and fruity tasting.
Before I go any further, I should include the disclaimer that I did not grow up eating Mexican or Mexican-American food. I've just started eating it in the past year or so, so my knowledge of the cuisine is extremely limited. It's also been a few days since I was there, so I've forgotten the actual names of everything. Next time I'll take notes. :)
We got a sampler of ceviches to start. They have 4 different styles and it seemed that the seafood in them will vary. We got a rojo, a blanco, and another that I can't remember. They were very tasty, but I have nothing to compare them to. The rojo was a bit sweet, which I'm not crazy about.
I ordered the tacos de carnitas and tried some of the fish tacos. They were fantastic. The carnitas was very crispy and juicy. The fish tacos were made with grilled halibut. Both came with cabbage on top (which I prefer to lettuce), sides of rice and beans, and a bowl of this fantastic spicy salsa that looked and tasted very similar to the sauce that comes on the fish tacos from Cha Cha Cha. Maybe chile de arbol salsa? The rice was sticky and nutty tasting.
Other dishes ordered at the table were shrimp cooked in garlic, the lamb soup, and a pork soup. The soups look incredible and when I go back, that is definitely what I will order. The presentation is similar to Vietnamese soups (I think the server said they were aiming for some sort of fusion thing) with a plate of vegetables, a soup spoon and chopsticks. They deep fry the noodles and then cook them in the soup so they are chewy. I wish I had gotten to try it. Next time for sure!
The service was very friendly and knowledgeable. It took forever to get drinks and food, but it was the first night and apparently they were having some computer problems. Plus it was Friday and we were in no hurry, so it was sort of nice to have the table for so long. I'm sure they will get it worked out and the service will get much speedier. I am going to try to get over to Taqueria Nueve in the next week or so to see how it compares.
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