I'll preface this with an admission that I'm not an expert on authentic Mexican...
The space is very cool- bar facing the water, no TVs, nicely decorated throughout the whole restaurant. Much lighter and more open feeling than say, Tico. No drink menus yet so they were passing around ipads. Tons of tequila, taps for Modelo, Negra Modelo, obligatory Sam Adams, XX, maybe a few more. Nothing crazy in bottle either (no Pacifico, which is my Mexican waterbeer of choice)
Our bartender was, how should I say this, inexperienced. DC ordered a cocktail which was made from a printed out recipe and I saw her asking other bartenders for direction. No jiggers, no measuring. However, I could tell that there were people back there who knew what they were doing. I managed to get the attention of the woman who appeared to be the bar manager and she talked me through some sipping tequilas settling on the Chinaco Reposado which I liked.
App- The Tacos Asador (2). Skirt steak was juicy and flavorful and I think that the thick avocado slices are a nice way to "dress up" a traditional taco. I'm not sure how I feel about what looked like lettuce (I'm a little hazy from sitting at the bar for 2.5 hours waiting for a table, the menu says cabbage) and radishes. Also ONE thick flour tortilla, like naan thick, which would actually keep me from ordering them again (is this a gordita shell?).
Costillas de Cordero, lamb was cooked to a juicy mid rare. Delicious. Served over chorizo and potatoes, maybe a little too salty but that could be me.
Enchiladas Verdes- nothing too exciting there, I thought they were OK but didn't seem remarkably different than something I might get at Border Cafe or Viva Burrito besides the use of creme fraiche instead of sour cream. Enchiladas are not something I usually order so I can't really compare. A poor ordering decision with all the other exciting stuff on the menu.
Table service was fine.
Overall- $80 for three beers, an app, and two entrees. The tacos at Tico, Angela's, or La Verdad are better. I haven't been to papagayo, lolita, or Mija. (these fauxmex places are multiplying like rabbits!). I would not go back for tacos unless they change tortillas, my entree was very good and there are definitely some other interesting-looking dishes. Bar manager seemed knowledgeable and was able to suggest a smoky/woody tequila for this scotch drinker so I was happy in the end despite the inexperience of our actual bar-server. I'll be back at least to explore the menu a little more.
Interested in hearing about the roast suckling pig, or any of the seafood entrees.
250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210