I hesitated about making this post as I have, in the past, been one of the head cheerleaders for Ixcapuzalco on Milwaukee Avenue.
However, over the course of the past month, I have noticed a substantial drop off in the quality of the moles there. The decline has been consistent over my past four visits.
Of particular declining quality is the Wednesday Night Special Mole (Manchamanteles) and the Saturday Mole (Chichilo). The moles seem to have taken on a certain unpleasant bitter after taste recently. Honestly, it seems that it may have been prepared well ahead of time (maybe by days). The clarity of flavors in the mole , which were previously present, are overcome by the bitterness. It has really turned my opinion on Ixcapuzalco.
My fear is that the kitchen has been turned over to cooks who have insufficient culinary expertise to maintain the quality of the moles on their own.
It was a wonderful place during my early visits there. I hope that they can correct the problems in the kitchen and return it to its prior excellent reputation.