We lured good friends to San Francisco with the promise of dinner at Tamal fullfilling every expectation from the excellent posts on Chowhound.
Wine: Paul Hobbs Selections 'El Felino' Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina '02 a great wine/food pairing - matching the assertive tastes at the table with big "rich, spicy fruit".
Service was friendly, attentive, and gracious - with an offer to expand the small plate items from 3 per plate to 4 to accommodate our table of four...
Crema de Plátano Macho - richly golden, creamy, spicy plantain soup -this is happiness perfected
Tamal de Puerco - a light masa filled with succulent roast pork
Cordita de Chicaron -an excellent "special of the day" offering of fresh, piquant, and rich flavors
Empanaditas de Cangrejo - generous bites of a tender crust with fresh crab
Chile Relleno - bursting with goat cheese, asiago, manchego, corn and tomato
Brochetas de Cordero - two generous skewers of griled New Zealand lamb tenderloin, with a hint of mint, seared with coco/canella and meltingly tender.
Chocolate Tamal - nothing bests the chocolate and chile combo for dessert
Read the menu at http://www.moaya.com/
-Kudos to the kitchen for creating an enticing menu to intrigue our tastebuds and challenge the imagination.