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Cabo San Lucas

Cookiefiend | Jan 28, 2008 11:54 AM


We're just back from sunny Mexico and I wanna go back!

We stayed at the Marquis Los Cabo, in the 'corridor' between Los Cabo and San Jose del Cabo. It's a beautiful place and all the rooms overlook the sea. We didn't venture into either Los Cabo or San Jose del Cabo - though we had intended to this time for some pork tacos. This was our 4th trip down and we still love the place. The restaurant Vista Ballenas in the hotel is wonderful - the view, the food and the service. Mr CF loves the cerviche Yucatan (forgive my spelling if it's wrong!) - he tries to get it other places and everyone looks at him like he has three heads. I had a Mexican beef salad that was so good I tried to make it at home Friday - the dressing needs work but I'll get it!

The dinner highlight was at Las Ventanas. We talked to one of the sommeliers, she recommended the Bodegas de Santo Tomas, Unico 2003 - a Cab Merlot blend. It went very well with my Chile Nogales, not so well with my solefish with charmoula, which wasn't really a surprise to me. The solefish was good but a little overdone, it would be a perfect dinner on a hot evening. Mr CF had scallops, a tomato salad that nearly brought tears to his eyes... his childhood friend John S is Italian, and Mr CF had dinner there frequently. John's mother made a tomato salad that was exactly the same as this salad at Las Ventanas. Anyway Mr CF loved that salad, but he also had carne asada that was marvelous.

Our other dinners were at:

Esperanza where we had a JC Bravo Carnigan 2005 - a bit too tannic for me but not bad, I had a forgetable tuna tartar (really an onion and tuna spring roll...), Kafir lime steamed halibut with a black truffle & soy sauce, Enoki mushrooms and udon noodles. The fish was underdone so I ate the parts I could, but it had a fabulous aroma - truffle, soy, dark mmmm mushroom. Mr CF had the Ceasar salad with a roasted garlic dresing, steak with baha lobster and a salisfy puree, carrot confit with merlot vanilla sauce - meat was wonderful, lobster less so but better with the sauce & carrot/salisfy mixture. Dessert was a let-down, but our server tried to make up for it by bringing another. Bless him but it wasn't any better and we didn't eat it either. I don't think we would go back here.

Canto del Mar was much better, the chef Thierry Dufour did a marvelous job. There was no menu, our server Sergio quoted it for us (and everyone else too) and we chose what we wanted. Our amuse was 3 little bites, King salmon with lime, duck confit on a beet slice (the best of the three) and a cheese rolled in nuts and honey. We both chose the fois gras terrine with onion marmalade, arugla salad and toasted breads - one bread was, well, bread, but the other was a gingerbread with anise and honey. We had the cauliflower soup with cavair - delicious! I had the sea bass with leek confit and champagne sauce, Mr CF had the beef fillet with portobello mushrooms, a Parmesan tuille filled with vegetables and a beefy black truffle sauce. To top all that off, there was crisp bacon on top! Dessert was nothing special - while it sounds mean, I don't mean it to. I just don't want to spend the calories unless it's really good!

Our last night there we went to Palmilla and had dinner at Aqua. I didn't even take notes. We won't do that again either. Next time we'll try C's. Service was lacking, the food wasn't up to the usual standards and we were surprised by the feeling in the room. We also didn't care for the 'entertainment' - it made us feel like we were in a Tex-Mex cantina at home.

Thanks for all the help from the other posters on this board, hope this helps someone else too!


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