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seafood molcajete--and Monte Alban

igj | May 24, 200503:53 PM

Went to dinner with my FIL at Monte Alban in West LA last night. I asked if they had any specials and the very sweet waitress said they had a molcajete, served with nopales, avocado, some cheese (name I didn't catch), beef and pork. My FIL was up for that, but I don't eat beef or pork. The waitress said they could make me one with shrimp. Sounded good to me.

When the two molcajetes came, they looked totally different. The meat one was in a red sauce; the shrimp in a green. The molcajete itself was also quite a sight; heavy looking volcanic rock basin with three legs; it was hot enough so that our sauces were still bubbling twenty minutes after being served.

Both were totally delish--and extremely filling--but my FIL (who has a low tolerance for spice) found his to be quite spicy. The tortillas and the rice and beans that came on the side helped him...and eventually the waitress noticed his slow eating and apologized for not telling him to pull out the hot pepper sooner. The shrimp dish was medium spiced to my mind - no sweat forming fire, but enough to notice that there was indeed a pepper in the roiling sauce.

Both dishes were around $13. Good value.

Now, for a question:
any other places that do a seafood-based molcajete dish? This one was good and I'd like to explore other options.

Monte Alban
11927 Santa Monica Blvd

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