Restaurants & Bars 7

Salpicon

Ed E | Jul 6, 2004 05:24 PM

Wanted to try some high end Mexican other than Frontera/Topo/Ixca etc, so went to Salpicon over the weekend. This was my first visit, so I'm curious to know how my experience matches up with (or not) others who have been there more.

Overall, I'd have to describe the food as disappointing. Its not that anything was bad, just that I could have listed a dozen places where I would have received a better meal for the same money off the top of my head.

We started w/ some guac and chips. Pretty standard guac, nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about, either.

For dinner, I had a lamb loin in a tomato-chili sauce and my companion had a pork chop in a mole. Both dishes featured grilled meat - which gets a "10" on technical execution on the grill. Each was done perfectly. The pork chop, in particular, was done to a pleasant light pink and was moist and flavorful. We were a little nervous ordering it, as its so easy to wind up w/ a dry pork chop.

The tomato-chili sauce with the lamb was good, not great. It had a good balance of smoked chili flavor, heat, and tomato. The lamb was served with a tamale. Again, good, not great.

The "mole" that was served w/ the pork was rather one-dimensional. The smoked chili overwhelmed all of the other flavors that were/should have been in there. In fact, it was very difficult to tell the difference between the tomato-chili sauce on the lamb and the mole on the pork.

Dessert consisted of a chocolate/coffee cake and a cinnamon crepe. Both were good.

Service was friendly and competent and the dining room was comfortable.

Both of us left with the feeling that we could have done better. Not sure if they were having an off night (it was a holiday weekend, so maybe regular kitchen staff were off?) or if this is typical. Any thoughts from others?

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