Friday, September 20, 2013

Four Restaurants…Four Very Different Experiences.

Loreto 10B

It’s no wonder this restaurant is rated number One on Trip Advisor for the second year in a row. Their secret: Service! The service is reason alone for me to come back. It has all the other makings of a restaurant that will make my repeat list – a great menu, a warm and friendly staff, impressive and speedy service and a wide variety of very fresh food.

They have a lunch special and for 99 pesos you can get soup, an entrée, drink and dessert.

I was not hungry and just had a bowl of Aztec soup. It was delicious and the broth was a lot like the one in the Sopa de Sabado recipe below.

The staff? They treated me as if I had spent 500 pesos instead of just 50.

La Cocina de Boris y Jessi
Ancha de San Antonio #35

I was on the Ancha and popped into La Cocina de Boris y Jessi. The last time I checked their website they had biscuits and gravy on the menu. They were not. Jessi said they sometimes have them now as a Saturday special.

I had the scrambled egg on a muffin with bacon. It was a quick breakfast but what I did notice is that it only had one slice of bacon. I like my bacon. The egg was good and seemed almost chopped rather than scrambled. The tab was 50 pesos.

Maybe it’s because I was counting on biscuits and gravy that I was disappointed.

Nothing against La Cocina de Boris y Jessi. The service was good. Better hop in early though because there are only a few tables. Boris is a well known chef from Sonoma and cooks for a lot of private events.

I’m going to give this place a second try. Maybe by then I’ll be over wishing that biscuits and gravy were on someones menu in San Miguel.

Casa de Sierra Nevada 

Right around the corner from my house is Casa de Sierra Nevada – one of the best hotels in San Miguel. I went there for breakfast two days in a row.

Can you tell what the experience is going to be on your first try? One of my friends says she needs two or more times to evaluate it. Me - I can usually tell the first time out. Anyway, it gave me an excuse to eat there twice.

The first day I dove into pancakes with delicious toffee cajeta butter. On a scale of 1 to 10 they were an 11. The presentation was not only exquisite but this stack had great flavors. Only in Mexico do you get cajeta for breakfast.

The next day, it was Eggs Benedict, one of my favorite feasts for brunch. The hollandaise was nearly perfect and what set this apart from all the rest of the Eggs Benedict I’ve had in San Miguel is that it was done with fresh chorizo. It was worth it for me just to experience the taste of fresh made chorizo. I can’t say that any other chorizo I’ve tasted has been this good.

Casa de Sierra Nevada Hotel was not expensive for the quality of the food and the service. The room was also beautiful. 

The bonus: Free use of pool after buying breakfast or lunch in their restaurant. 

So what did I do after breakfast? Dessert. Hey, it was raining!

Café Rama – Round Two

If you want great fish and chips, this is the place. Lightly-battered and cooked to perfection, it was served with a delicious pickle-infused potato salad and homemade potato chips (YUM!) seasoned with chili powder.

The Margaritas...and notice the plural…were magnificent. I really loved the blend of sweet and sour but at 90 pesos a pop, I have to rethink whether I would order them again. We asked the waiter if it was made with a special tequila which would have explained the price difference but he said it was just bar tequila.

I loved the food but I can think of a dozen other places where you can also get a good Margarita at about half the price. 

Problem is, I still like this Margarita the best of any I've had in San Miguel.

Café Rama is at Calle Nueva 7 in San Miguel.

Buen Apetito x 4!