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El Scorpion first look

Icantread | Jan 24, 2010 06:03 AM

Went there last night with my wife and two of her girlfriends. We had originally scheduled our reservations for their grand opening on Wednesday, which they had to cancel. As a result, they offered us a 50% discount on the entire meal. When we got there, we were greeted to a mostly empty restaurant that looked little changed from its predecessor, which is fine. Tuscan Steak was a fine looking restaurant. If some serious changes were made, I apologize, I was not a fan and did not dine there often. Decor was obviously new and we sat under a large picture of a jimador harvesting an agave piña.

On to the food:

Verde guacamole - limey then creamy, finishing with a fresh albeit slightly earthy taste. Their guacamole is very good.

Elote Asado - Corn scraped tableside and served with crumbled cheeses and lime and chiles. I thought it was a silly order for $7.00, but it tasted very good.

Regular Nachos - ton of flavor in these. Slightly smokey and charred complementing the cheese used.

Queso Fundido - pure cheese as advertised, though none of the grease you usually get. Tasted great with the pineapple pico de gallo they brought us.

Rajas con Crema - my wife loved this. Basically a light cream combined with some roasted poblanos. I think we were supposed to use the flour tortillas with it and combine with other things on the table, but we mostly dunked our chips into it.

Bacon, Camaron, Chorizo - I think the bacon was my favorite. Rich, intense, with an underlying aromatic note from cloves(?) (which I typically dislike). Excellent. The one I believe was the chorizo tasted very similar to my wife's Barbacoa taco.

Al Pastor - Interesting, a little sweet for me owing to the pineapple, but very good.

Both fish- I did not try but was told they were very good.

I wanted to order anentree, but sometimes when it's you and three women, it's best to make plans to come again.

We finished the meal with an incredibly custardy and not so sweet (if you're cuban) flan. It was very good, even if somewhat different to the one I am accustomed.

The bar here was great. I am not a huge fan of margaritas, as I find them somewhat boring, but ordered a cadillac margarita (pick your blanco, cointreau, lime juice). My wife had the gumption and wisdom to order a mezcal based drink, for which she was rewarded with a "Scorched Earth". For any cocktail nerds, this has no bearing on the drink by the same name by Gary Regan. What did come was an up cocktail with mezcal, reposado tequila, sparkling apple juice, __?__, and a flamed orange zest. It is a drink worthy of any NYC, Boston or DC bar. Clean interesting and sophisticated. This made me very happy.

When the bill came, they honored the offered discount on both food and drink. This was in keeping with our overall experience. As great as a restaurant's food may be, poor service easily ruins that, especially on the beach. Our server was happy, friendly and competent and the bussers were on top of all the tables the whole meal, clearing plates and bringing water.

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