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Restaurants & Bars

La Casa del Mole Poblano (Tijuana)

mangiatore | Mar 19, 200703:27 PM     7

A few people have mentioned this place to me over the past year, so yesterday my girlfriend and I decided to check it out while in Tijuana. Nice, casual place situated around an indoor waterfall. The only thing I didn't like was the corrogated plastic roof, which seemed more suited to a shed than a restaurant. The interior was very quaint though.

The waiter could see us scratching out heads trying to decide, so he brought out a plate with about 7 different moles/sauces along with some tortilla chips. Sometimes I'm not sure what distinguishes a mole from a a "salsa" because all of these but the mushroom one had a very similar "mole" consistency and are available with a choice of chicken leg (abt. $7.75) or breast (abt. $6.80). With this you get a bowl of chicken soup with rice and cilantro (served prior to entree). The plate itself comes with small flour tortillas and the standard rice and beans with a little queso fresco. Here are the 7 sauces:

Mole Poblano (dark chocolate, chile and ground peanut sauce).
Mole Almendrado (Mole with ground almonds)
Mole Ranchero (mild chili-based mole, possibly with garlic and black pepper)
Mole Verde (tomatillo-based? Had an odd flavor I was unable to identify)
Cream of Cilantro Sauce
Salsa de Chipotle
Cream of Mushroom Sauce

Frankly, I thought they all tasted pretty good, although the cream of mushroom seemed more appropriate as a stand-alone soup than as a sauce for chicken. In the end I chose the pierna (leg) con mole ranchero and my girlfriend got the pechuga (breast) with cilantro cream mole. I would stick with the leg, which was more moist than the breast.

Lunch for two plus two margaritas (which were amazing, btw), two bottled waters, tax and tip was $30. I wouldn't call this place superb, but it definitely meets its price point, and the selection of moles makes it worth checking out if you're already down there.

La Casa del Mole Poblano
Paseo de los Heroes No. 10501 in Zona Rio
Tijuana, B.C.
011-52 (664) 634-6920

p.s. for those of you who don't venture out in T.J. much, I highly recommend checking out CECUT (Tijuana Cultural Center), which has an amazing museum covering the history of Baja from the stone ages to the present (Museo de las Californias) and the nearby Mercado Hidalgo, a teeming indoor-outdoor market that is every bit as "authentic" as markets you find in non-border Mexican cities. Both of these are a quick cab ride from the border (take a red and white Taxi Libre -- cheaper) and Casa del Mole is another quick cab ride from there.

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