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Suenos report

Core | Jan 21, 2005 11:11 AM

Well, the 30th B-day gastronomic journey has begun. As there were two B-day people, Suenos was the first place and we went this past Saturday. I had gotten some negative feedback, i.e. go somewhere else, but I had also heard some good buzz (not on this board) so risked it anyway.

We had a 7:30 pm reservation which was before the restaurant got full. We liked the artwork on the walls, the pinkish lighting was a little weird and made it hard to see the colors of the food, but we really liked the glassed-in rock garden. The "amuse" consisted of thin pieces of hot cornbread with a very bright-tasting black bean spread. My guava margarita was strong, but not overpowering. Unfortunately my companions picked a not-so-great wine, but oh well.

For starters, I had the tequila-flamed rock shrimp with avocado and black bean salad. Could barely make out the black beans, but the shrimp was fresh and tender, and the avocado was a really nice complement - good stuff. My husband had the smoked duck tostadas with mango-habanero salsa and he liked it so much, he did not share a bit. Our companions had the lobster-corn fritters and were swooning, but since they did not share I can't vouch for it.

I had the shredded goat -which was good, but I think I've had better. The mole sauce was very nice and I appreciated the accompaniments of spinach and something that tasted like sweet potato. My husband had a chile-rubbed filet mignon, which he polished off (I'm a foodie surrounded by people who don't share, I know). The other dish was a venison dish that looked really nice - rare in the middle.

I was not impressed with dessert. We ordered the lemon-lime crepes which just looked like ordinary, my husband had the coconut flan which was decent, and my pumpkin brulee was more like pumpkin puree put into a flaky pastry crust with caramelized sugar on top. A nice variation on pumpkin pie, but not quite what I was expecting.

I would go here for a festive experience with people who like Mexican food, but am not driven to return. Anyone knows how Rosa Mexicano compares? I am going to Le Bernardin tonight and BLT Steak on Tuesday - YAY!

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