Based on the recent thread for authentic Mexican, went for a dinner for two Saturday night...
Apps: Split a mushroom sopes - cornmeal, topped with sauted mushrooms, some sort of grated cheese, diced green onion and cilantro...? Served with red and green salsa - a good little appetizer - soo small though, I would not split it next time.
Entrees: Bisteces Mama Evelia" - Steak tips sautéed in onion and tomatillo-chipotle sauce - This was very flavorful - the tomatillo and chipotle blended together very well, to give a little bit of spice and a little hint of tang...the neutral rice and black beans the perfect compliment - a little on the salty side, but the rice cut it well...I cleaned the plate so criticisms aside, I enjoyed it.
Bisteces en salsa Borracha" - Tender sirloin strips simmered in a drunken sauce made with beer, pasilla peppers, and cactus leaves (paddles).
I tried this - my date seemed to enjoy it - it was all gone. ;) I found it to be too strongly salted as well - even moreso than my entree - but flavorful all the same.
Dessert and coffee were the stars for me, however.
Coffee was ladled from an urn - served black, sweetened and spiced with nutmeg I think, although the waitress said peppers?! It was thick, like a turkish coffee...a surprise and very drinkable...could have easily downed a couple more cupfuls...dangerous stuff.
Dessert: Flan - I am not a big time flan fan but I think this is one of the better offerings I've had. The custard itself was a pie-shaped wedge with a little bit of a cooked exterior - creamy and firm on the inside - but it sat in a pool of cinnamon creme sauce with a little raspberry that was downright tasty.
Practically licked the plate.
This plus a half carafe of 'traditional' red wine sangria - came to $46 + tip.
Couple of notes:
NO chips and salsa on the menu. My Tex-Mex reflex was to order them, but I imagine this is the chef or owner trying to be authentic - another "Big Night" moment? In any case, not missed really. Silly convention, that.
Family recipes. All the entrees credit presumably the orginator of the dish and the date of creation? In any case, a curious conversational point.
Overall: Downright tasty - nothing spectacular, but even the East German judge must agree that it is worth repeat business.