Lived up to the hype
Posted on 03 / 31 / 2014
This was one of the vegan hot spots that I couldn't make it to when I was in SF a few years back, so I was super excited to get to check it out at last. My partner and I arrived at around 6:30 on a Thursday. It was already fairly busy, but luckily we got seated right away. (Had it been another half hour later, we would've had to wait.)
We hadn’t eaten all day, so we kind of let loose and ordered a tamale with zucchini, the butternut quesadilla, the enchiladas con mole, and the three taco plate with broccoli, zucchini, and mushrooms. All that for two people to share was more than enough food. Still we demolished everything; it was delicious. The freshly housemade corn tortillas made a whole world of difference and brought things up a notch. Just a few thoughts:
- The enchiladas were not exactly what I had in mind. Served open-faced, smothered in mole sauce, and topped with mushrooms, these were more like wet tostadas. (Later I wiki'ed and learnt that this version of enchiladas does exist in certain parts of Latin America.) The refried beans were excellent; even my bean-averse partner loved them. The mole, though, was less than stellar and could use more depth.
- The tacos ended up being similar to the enchiladas. Between the two, I would suggest the tacos simply because you can choose three different toppings as opposed to mushrooms only. There won't be mole (you're not missing much), but you'll get the beans as well.
- The entire dinner felt like a corn-centric feast with the same few vegetables as main ingredients. It was a gratifying one, but honestly everything started to taste the same half way through. Some variety would've been nice - a little tofu/tempeh/seitan maybe? These notable plant-based proteins were nowhere to be found on the menu. True, they are anything but traditional to the cuisine, but so is a meal completely void of meat and dairy.
As full as we were, we couldn't pass up the chocolate cake before calling it a night. It was rather average on its own, but the cocoa-cinnamon sauce added a special touch that turned it into an absolutely scrumptious and comforting dessert. The vanilla ice cream couldn’t be a better complement, and a generous blob of it to boot.
Our bill came to about $70 with tip, which I thought was very reasonable. I can imagine the service getting slow, but it was alright in our case. Food was great; we left happy. This is a 4.5 in my book.
great food, reasonable prices
lack of variety