2 friends and I headed to Tijuana yesterday for coffee and lunch. All I have to say is, if you're in Tijuana you need to make it a point to head to Cebicheria Erizo for some truly outstanding fish and seafood. And if you live in the northern Baja region, Erizo also doubles as a fresh fish market with a nice selection of local fish.
We thought we were starving when we sat down and luckily there was a bucket of tostados (hard fried corn tortillas) on the table that took the edge off while we read through the extensive menu. We figured we were in a cevicheria so why not start with a couple of those.
The Camaron y Calamar con Mango Seco caught my eye and one of my friend wanted to try the daily special Mixto Ceviche. Both were real winners. The former was a delightful blend of cooked shrimp and calamari tossed with cucumbers, a little onion, some cilantro with a pleasant citrusy juice and topped with julienned dried mango. A little sweet, a little sour, a little heat and perfectly cooked seafood.
The Ceviche Mixto was equally as delicious. This spicy, tomato based ceviche contained plump pieces of shrimp, calamari, octopus, perhaps a clam or two and was topped with a fat, sweet oyster. It had just the right amount of heat to compliment the seafood without overwhelming the palate. The flavors in both ceviches were very well balanced.
We then ordered a couple of tacos and a tostada. The Taco Gobernador was not like what you get in San Diego, and we all loved the char on the tortilla of this taco. The classic fish taco really was classic (with better presentation) and exceptionally good. I am often disappointed in fish tacos in San Diego, this one reminded me why they were so good in the first place. We also ordered a tostada topped with a chipotle crab salad which was wonderful.
We finished the meal with a trio of tamales - coconut, blackberry and mango - and ice cream. Coconut and blackberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations so I was a pretty happy camper with those 2 tamales. They had been steamed in banana leaves rather than corn husks which gave them a little denser texture, but it worked just fine, especially against the rich and creamy ice cream.
Portions on the ceviche are more than adequate for sharing which is exactly what we observed many of the tables around us doing. The menu includes an extensive selection of hot and cold appetizers, tacos, tostadas and some larger plates.
4 limonadas, 2 ceviches, 2 tacos, the tostada, dessert tamales and ice cream set us back $525 pesos (about $40 +/- depending upon the exchange rate) before tip. If you live in San Diego or Southern California, you need to try this place, it's that good.
Ave. Sonora 3808 - 11 Recta Chapultepec