One of my dearest girlfriends and I needed an outdoor eatery for fun eatz and 'rita/cocktail sipping, so we fell upon Malo with a glittery thud.
Place: Malo, Sunday 9/11 6:30 PM
Myself + 1 guest
Ratings in brief:
Ambiance - C
Service - B
Food (Taste) - B+
Food (Presentation) - C
Wine/Drinks - B
Price - A-
Overall Experience - B
The decor is nondescript, and we opted for an outdoor seat, with slightly uncomfortable chairs and zero ambiance. Not a huge loss.
But they have a parking lot without valet - such a rare treasure in LA!
Chips/Salsa - They have several salsas to choose from, but we selected the Roasted Habenero and Cream variety - ohmagod, SO smokey and delicious. The chips are homemade (that's a good thing) but not fried enough (that's a bad thing) and therefore came out chewy. And they definitely needed salt.
Special Corn on the Cob - oh holy cow, I could dine on this fan-tabulous side every meal for a millennium and still crave it something fierce - amazing! It was a special ala eve, and came oozing with butter, mexican cheese, and cajun-like spices. Seriously, if it was socially acceptable to marry a food item, this would be My Man.
Fish Tacos - a pan seared red snapper (not fried, which made me oh-so-happy), served on soft corn tortillas with normal fix-ins. Good, not great.
Verde and Monterey Jack Enchiladas - Also just so-so. Not a lot of flavor here at all (though throwing that habenero goodness all over these puppies did help immensely).
Drinks - over the course of the eve, my girl H and I tossed back 6 cocktails. We started with the house margarita - eh, this was a bit on the weak side. Next, a Cosmolito - a mexican cosmo - and THIS was tasty, served martini style. Lastly, we had another round of stronger 'ritas, with a smokey, pungent tequila that was much yummier than the house version.
Good times, good times.
The bill, including 2 entress, 2 ears of corn, chips/salsa, and 6 cocktails (before tip) was $88.
Yes, I'll be returning - for corn and cocktails and other yet-to-be-tasted menu items.
Malo Restaurant - 4326 W SUNSET BLVD., near Fountain