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La Cocina Orinda Update

susancinsf | May 6, 2008 09:55 PM

Hubby and I stopped into this restaurant for dinner before our regular first Monday of the month meeting at the Orinda Library across the street....hadn't been in perhaps a year and was really craving their albondigas. Here's my report from my fist visit several years ago:

Of course, we totally forgot that it was Cinco de Mayo, and the place was packed...but though it was packed we got the last two top...

Unfortunately, menu seems to have changed, and I am pretty sure the chef has as well. The albondigas were a disappointment: broth was too thick: almost sauce like in consistency, probably thickened with cornstarch, bland, and lacking in vegetables: just a few small pieces of squash and potatoes. The meatballs lacked flavor and herbs.

I also got chicken taquitos. Served with decent guacamole and sour cream to dip, but no salsa. The shredded chicken in the taquitos was plain; just sort of a bland dish, especially without salsa. Hubby did enjoy his fajitas, though I didn't taste them, not being a fajitas fan....

Total with tax but before tip for three beers, taquitos, fajitas, and albondigas was about $43.

Verdict: not bad, but no longer dreamy.

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