La Conchería is a small and friendly seafood specialist in the center of Ensenada. A limited menu offers what's good off the docks that day. We visited in June 2017 because I'd read that percebes were served there. Alas, none available that day, but Chef Roberto said to give him a day's notice to order them next time.
The friendly proprietor encouraged us to try the oysters on the half shell. These are sourced from Sol Azul in El Vizcaino https://www.solazul.com.mx/eng/ . So fresh and extremely salty, these had a fatty texture and concentrated flavor. Too strong for me, but I&#39;m glad I had a chance to try them with the various condiments.
Sashimi of the day was made with carefully trimmed slices of yellowtail dressed with soy sauce, ginger root, black sesame and minced cilantro. Very good quality fish, but again too salty, and I had to blot off some of the soy sauce to make it palatable.
Interested in trying the local abalone, I asked before ordering if the slices were pounded to tenderize them. I was told that it was not necessary as the abalone was tender enough. Gently sautéed slices of abalone were presented with a butter sauce seasoned with soy sauce. These chewy pieces were not what I&#39;d call &quot;tender&quot;, and the soy sauce made the flavor monotonous after the sashimi plate.
My michelada was great with finely tuned seasonings and salted rim.
The Bocanegra pilsner the owner recommended was also very fine.
We liked the beverage program here more than the food.
La Conchería Cafe
496 Avenida Adolfo López Mateos
Ensenada, Baja California
01 646 178 3271