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Solar de Cahuenga (part 3)

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Solar de Cahuenga (part 3)

lil mikey | Dec 19, 2005 06:58 PM

Sadly I now have to report that Solar de Cahuenga is not “all that.”

I’ve now been there three times, and there is really no consistency at all.

The first time I was blown away by the stroganoff crepe and tasty ham and cheese empanada. The salad was pretty bad, but I just made a mental note not to order it anymore.

The second time was okay. This time I ordered the Florentine crepe with soup (not salad) and the same ham and cheese empanada. The crepe was watery from the spinach, and the soup was really nothing to get excited about. But the most disappointing was the empanada. It was warm, not hot, and the cheese didn’t have the deep rich flavor that I enjoyed the first time.

But I wrote that whole thing off to hitting them on a bad day.

So I went again, and decided to go with the winner: stroganoff crepe (with French fries this time) and the same ham and cheese empanada.

First of all, the previous stroganoff crepe had sauce dripped over the top, which was a good thing as the sauce is what makes this dish. This time, there was no sauce on the top, and very little inside. And to make matters worse, the chicken they used was very dry. The French fries were okay. They were shoestrings and very crunchy, which I like. But now here’s the other thing: the empanada was entirely different from the other two I had ordered during my previous visits. I always ordered the ham and cheese empanada, but they keep changing the dish. This time, it was served in a kind of puff pastry instead of the normal dough I’ve had at every other restaurant that serves empanadas (including right here at this restaurant a few weeks earlier). The filling was more like the first time, and it was hot, so I liked it. It’s just that the puff pastry was kind of weird. Good, but weird.

The worst part, though, was the vegetable crepe. Once again, the steamed spinach made it very watery inside. And evidently no one told the cook that if you buy freeze-dried sun dried tomatoes, you’re supposed to soak them to get their original consistency back. These were so dry and hard as to render them inedible.

The staff is still a little lost, which isn’t such a big deal for me as it’s still a new restaurant, but when you add it all up, it’s just very disappointing.

In the words of the immortal Ray Kroc… consistency, consistency, consistency.

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