Pretty good, if you order carefully.
I've been here a few times, and overall, it was pretty good. The wait staff was prompt in bringing menus, water, chips...less prompt on bringing drinks and the bill. I like the huaracha...similar to a sope, with good flavor. Be advised that the menu here is "family recipies" so many of the classic dishes taste different than expected. For example, the mole is very subtle...not the strong flavor I'm used to. The cactus nopales have great texture, but are low on flavor. But their beans and rice are really, really good.
I think they need some more time to settle in. I've enjoyed going here, but for the price and the trickiness in ordering something that tastes like you want it to, it seems uneven overall.
Editorial Review. Enjoy refined Mexican cuisine that combines the refined delicate flavors of Puebla with the rustic and robust style of Jalisco at this Mexican restaurant in Emeryville.
Great for lunch, not for dinner!.
A friend and I had lunch at this restaurant a few months ago. I enjoyed it enough that I got a take out menu and we order lunch from them at my office once every couple weeks. I love their carnitas and get carnitas nachos or carnitas huarachitas. I'm trying to make my way through the rest of the menu, but it's hard when these are so good.
My family and I had dinner there last night and the restaurant transforms from lunch to dinner. The black tablecloths come out and the menu magically becomes way overpriced. My 8 year old son had the crab enchiladas, which were actually a good value for $12. They were FILLED with crab and came with rice and beans, which you would expect in a mexican restaurant. I stole a taste and the flavor was mild, but good. My 12 year old son got a chicken salad for $7. This was a good value for the price and a meal sized portion.
My husband got the chicken mole for $14. This is where we started having a problem. His plate had a chicken leg and thigh quarter, covered in mole sauce, with a small scoop of rice. He likes the strong flavor of mole and this just didn't cut it for him. He had me taste it, and although I'm not a mole fan (because of this strong flavor coincidentally), I thought that the flavor was great. It was subtle enough that you could taste the chicken through it.
I got the chicken pipian ($13), a grilled chicken breast covered in sauce, also on a plate with a small scoop of rice. The flavor was different than anything I'd had before and I really enjoyed it, but coming from an hour and a half long martial arts workout, my husband and I both were left hungry. Our dishes looked like a second or third course from a three to four course meal. I think they'd do much better if they acted a little more like a mexican restaurant and less like a stuffy dining establishment. I'll definitely be going back for lunch (they have a chicken pipian burrito that I'm dying to try now), but definitely not for dinner.
One of the worst places I've been to in while!. I recently moved to E-ville and am VERY aware that there's not a lot in the way of restaurants. Since Milano was bought out by this new restaurant I thought I'd give it a try. As soon as you walk in the door the feel is almost "fast-foodish" but it's a sit-down restaurant with a bar in the back, kind of odd. It was pretty full with a diverse crowd though, so I was hopeful. We were seated immediately at one of the last tables and were given menus to peruse. While we were checking out the menu I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for someone to stop by and give us some water and chips, but finally I had to ask a waiter passing by. When we finally got the chips, salsa and guac everything was SO SALTY I could barely eat it. We pressed on because the menu looked really interesting, not to mention extensive. My entree was an "Aztec Sandal" with chicken, cactus, a sauce and cabbage (I can't recall the exact name of the dish). I was very suprised at how small the dish was (especially for being $16 or $17) but figured that the flavors might compensate and I would be fine with that. Well, I was completely wrong - the dish was rather tasteless and none of the flavors really melded together. My partner was dissatisfied with her food as well...again not a lot of flavor for a menu that looks quite appetizing. All in all I would never recommend this place to my worst enemy, it might be ok for drinks (I don't know we didn't order any with our meal) but I would definitely NOT eat there again. I give them an "A" for effort on their menu, but felt it was entirely too big. I felt that maybe if they cut the menu down and really focused on a few main dishes and perfected those that they might have a chance, but just because you have a big menu with lots of cool sounding dishes doesn't mean you'll have repeat business UNLESS THE FOOD TASTES GOOD!
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