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Tu y Yo

Mike | Jul 9, 2004 03:39 PM

After about 3 years, I went back to Tu y Yo last night and was not impressed. Overall, the food was very very bland, a big surprise for Mexican.

I started out with a chelada, beer with lime juice and ice. This, as it turns out, is a good way to make even mediocre beer (Pacifico) worse. It was neither thirst quenching nor refreshing. Oh well, live and learn.

For an appetizer, I ordered a quesadilla with cuitlacoche. What came looked like a fried empanada with a thin cornmeal crust filled with cheese and fungus. The flavor was mostly greasy cornmeal with very little added by the cuitlacoche, or the cheese for that matter. The two thimblefuls of salsa, red (med hot) and green (no heat), were both excellent, nicely flavored and subtly spiced; unfortunately, they were the highlight of the meal.

My main course, was fish in batter. It was a big fillet of red snapper encased in a thick cornmeal shell: essentially a big brown lump bigger than the plate it was served on. The crust was too thick and too crispy and very very dry. It almost hurt to bite into it and I left at least half behind on the plate. The fish itself was overcooked and dry inside its shell. The worst part of the dish, however, was that neither the fish nor the crust had the slightest hint of herb or spice to give it flavor. Bland, bland, bland. The sauce, again served in two thimbles, reminded me of unsweetened catsup adding neither flavor nor moisture to a dish that needed all the help it could get.

The rice and soupy black beans were competent, good even. The beans tasted like they were made with coffee which was very interesting. The waitress said there was no coffee but it sounded like everyone asks that question. Anyone know what the mystery ingredient is?

The steak bits with nopales across the table from me seemed a little better but the only note from my dining companion was the novelty of the cactus. I don't think she enjoyed it too much either.

After that poor showing, we skipped dessert and headed to JP licks for ice cream (a moment of silence for Denise's, please).

Total for 2 with tip and a beer, $45. Now I know why I hadn't been back in three years...



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