As many of you know, I am an avid fan of La Verdad's fish tacos; easily the best I have ever had. Their carne asada and chile relleno tacos are also top notch;and the hand made corn tortillas are ethereal. Not big fan of the other taco fillings. Btw, we never eat in the restaurant, just the taco cafe.
Over our bi-weekly luncheon fix there the other day, we had a long talk w/ the manager and learned of many new developments. The recently arrived new chef was recruited from the Philadelphia fine dining world. He has changed most recipes (thank provenance that the fish tacos remain unchanged), with an emphasis on a la minute preparation.For example , the carne asada, which used to be marinaded chuck, cut up and pre-griddled, then re- griddled to order, is now skirt steak, marinated, grilled to rare; then regrilled a la minute,sliced and cut up to order. Each taco now has different set ups as to undersauces, drizzle sauces, greens etc. I.e. the duck tacos now have a fig compote and orange salad component. etc etc.
While we were excited to hear this news, we were not bowled over by the new samples we tried, though they were certainly interesting and an improvement(chicken tinga, pastor, duck). But the new chorizo they are making- was awful( had an old musty pimenton flavor and too much cinnamon). We used to love the refried beans when Enrique made them but the new refried beans are not an improvement; taste like they have BBQ sauce in them, with a distinctly red hue that should not be in great refried beans. And lastly, the world's best flan is no more. sigh. Maybe the food has improved in the restaurant part. I'll be interested to hear others' experiences w/ the changes here.
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