Met a friend off the boat today (boat = cruise ship).
His wife did not join us, she stayed aboard, sick with a cold (no, not the norovirus but a lot of people on the cruise got sick).
He was healthy and attributed it to drinking a "lot of good wine".
We asked if he wanted to do any sightseeing or shopping and he said, "God, no! I just want to sit someplace comfortable, talk and have lunch."
We headed over to Mariscos Bahia de Ensenada on Avenida Riverol, a couple of blocks up from Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas where the buses bring the cruise ship passengers into town.
We were early and had the comfortable sidewalk patio with tables, protected by awnings and vinyl curtains, all to ourselves.
This is the place for fresh, fresh seafood. If it is on the menu, but they don't have it fresh, they don't serve it.
Chips and fresh, not spicy, salsa arrived while we looked at the menu.
We ordered guacamole and oysters on the half shell to start. The guac was freshly made with that mellow rich taste of ripe avocados. The oysters were were briny and sweet.
Friend ordered whole, grilled cabrilla and he was very pleased with it.
Hubby ordered a combo with shrimp, calamari and octopus and he raved over how good the octopus was. I snagged one of his shrimp and it was fairly large, not butterflied but the vein was clean, no dirty stuff going down the back.
I had Lion's Paw scallops (Garra de Leon) prepared al mojo de ajo and it was delicious.
Service was excellent and when I sent back my glass of white wine because it was more vinegar than anything else, they promptly replaced it with my alternate choice of red.
Now, a footnote about a subject I usually don't bother to talk about - the Ladies' Room. It is, in a word, spectacular. Motion sensors spring into action as you enter bringing up bright overhead lights and theatre bulbs framing the maybe twenty foot long mirror over the sinks.
The toilets and faucets are motion activated and the paper towel dispensers automatically roll out the next section to replace what you have taken off.
Sadly, I was told that the men's room is nowhere near as dramatic.
The whole day was full of great conversation and catching up with an old and dear friend, great food and great entertainment with the slight exception that a member of one of the strolling mariachi groups called us "cheap xxx" audibly under his breath as he turned away when we declined his services.
Here is a link to the English language part of Mariscos Bahia's website: http://mariscosbahiadeensenada.com/en...