we found ourselves in salem on saturday night, and had heard mention, in the past, of both finz and cilantro (probably both on the phantom gourmet, i think?). finz was PACKED (45 minute wait when we got there), and obviously a popular place, while cilantro had a few empty tables. we decided to try cilantro, as we both love mexican, and someone said, as we were looking at the menu outside, that it was 'really good'. however, the food did not really seem mexican to me at all. we both had seafood, and, oddly enough, detected old bay or old bay-type seasoning in both dishes (um, celery seed doesn't seem very common in mexican dishes, as far as i can recall...). my boyfriend's sides were: rice, a vegetable medley that was SO salty and appeared straight out of the freezer bag (crinkle-cut carrots, peas, lima beans), and an odd mixed green salad with broccoli. my shrimp was served in what tasted like a canned tomatillo sauce.
perhaps we've been spoiled by having had REAL mexican food in MEXICO, but we were just disappointed by this meal, considering the price. are they supposed to be mexican fusion?