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Fonda San Miguel

rudeboy | Jan 6, 2004 04:57 PM

I recently ate at this restaurant, since the old chef was back again. The menu had changed since the last time I had been there - it seemed more expensive than before. Four entrees, an appetizer, two glasses of wine, a dessert, and two coffees set us back $218.

App - Sopitos de la Casa -- Three each of: Salpicon de pescado, camaron adobado, nopalitos. Each was interesting and very good, according to the other three diners. We weren't allowed to upsize to four each for the four diners because the "don't do that." So I didn't have any myself. Next time I have exactly three of six people that want to go back, I'll have it.

Dinner - I had Borrego -- Loin lamb chops served with a grilled goat cheese tamal, potatoes chipotle au gratin, mixed green salad. I didn't read the menu carefully and expected rack of lamb. Maybe it was the $28.95 price, but it was hormone free meat that's raised to exact specifications on sustainable land (Niman Ranch). The potatoes were scrumtious and the goat cheese tamal grilled in a bananna leaf was exquisite (I'll try them both at home now).

The other three diners all had carne asada with a chile poblano (grilled) and an enchilada ($28.95). The waitperson thought it was "strip." Is that the same as regular carne asada at other restaurants? They liked it, but thought that the price was a bit steep.

For dessert, we had crepas de cajeta - excellent, but small, and we each got two bites. It had caramel and ice cream on it. With coffee, we received milk - I asked for cream or 1/2 and 1/2 and was told that they "don't serve cream with coffee."

All in all, a good experience foodwise (not necessarily pricewise). Two refusals to do something very simple for a (paying) guest doesn't seem to be in the spirit of mexican social custom, even if it breaks some sort of gastronimic paradigm (they did serve chips and salsa). I didn't realize that cream in coffee was a faux pas!

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