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Zazil at Westfield

cfylong | Dec 27, 2006 05:56 PM

Being from Los Angeles, I cringed a bit when my SF bud suggested Zazil Veracruz Mexican food for dinner. What I got back was one of the best Mexican meals I've ever had. We were a party of five and had:

sangria--it is what it is, but this was fruity and not so sweet.
virgin mojito--this was delicious and refreshing with mint leaves and fresh lime.

guacomole-very tasty despite the theatrics of preparing it tableside. Fresh and served on a metate(stone dish)
crab-stuffed tamal--the star of the appetizers. The masa was dense and tight and the right amount of stuffing made this a salivating experience.
queso-I'm not a cheese person, but the lone Mexican in our party praised its smoothness.

Salmon wrapped with portebello carpaccio--amazing dish: the inside was tender and still baking as my wife cut into it. The fresh mash potatoes was silky smooth and the mole was chocolaty smoky.
Cochinita pibil--The pork was wrapped in a banana leaf and was moist, tender, and flavorful
Enchiladas--even this managed to be terrific, although it was the dense and smooth sauce that made this dish.
Seafood hotpot--a lobster tail was simmered in a delicious tomatoey broth.

Queso cake with a raspberry sauce--one of the best Mexican desserts I've ever had. It had the texture of a light slightly moist cake with an absolutely addictive seeded raspberry sauce.

This restaurant rivaled Babita and bested Serenata de Garibaldi in Los Angeles. Zazil isn't cheap--bill was about $250 w/tt, but was worth every penny. I'll be looking forward finally to a worthy Mexican restaurant in the Bay area!

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