Three hounds got together for lunch today, to try out Tamarindo, and to plot future Oakland lunch group events (look for a posting on that soon!)...Between the three of us, we tried a large portion of the menu, specifically:
Aguas frescas de pina y de tamarindo,Guacamole and chips,empanaditos nayarit (stuffed with shrimp,chili serrano, and green onion),torta ahogado de carnitas (yes, after all that discussion we decided we should try it),a plate of sopecitos (one of rajas and cheese, one of chorizo and potatoes, and one with shrimp), a mole tamarindo with arroz Mexicano that was offered as a special, elote asado (roast corn) and tostadas with chicken tinga. Yes, a lot of dishes, but all were small plates, and several of them were fairly light in execution, so afterwards I felt full, but certainly not stuffed.
We also sampled a pinapple salsa, which was the only salsa we were offered, and saw some tasty looking cucumber and watermelon slices and stuffed jalapenos going to a neighboring table. We also were offered several plates of tacos de carne asada that we didn't order, but eventually those made it to the correct table...
The plates ranged in price from a low of $3 (elote) to a high of $10 (for the mole) and our bill for three with tax and tip was $66, so this definitely isn't a low-end place. We did look at a dinner menu; it appeared to have the same items at about two dollars more per plate. Beer and wine are available according to the menu.
The space is quite pleasant, though a bit smaller and not quite as upscale in decor as I had imagined based on others' descriptions. As for the food, I thought it was hit and miss, and is unique for the neighborhood...Since I have had a busy afternoon, I will stop there, let the other two chime in with their opinions if they wish, and will post more later!