|Horno de leña|
|Tile mural near kitchen door|
In the afternoons, the restaurant offers a complete Menú del Día for $200. We prefer to order a la carte, based on an earlier experience of lackluster menues.
About two weeks ago, we walked from our hotel to the crowded street where the restaurant is located. (I must note that another famous, Old School Restaurant, this of Basque influence, is very close by: El Danubio. Although both are ostensibly Iberian, the two could not be more different.)
|Mario. A captain of the dining room.|
|Don Cuevas in the kitchen. Chef on the right.|
When we were seated at our table once again, things proceeded less well. I ordered an appetizer from the suggestions menu; Pimientos Piquillos Relleno de Cangrejo. The presentation was gauche and the crab salad filling undistinguished. But not bad.
|Pimientos Piquillos Relleno de Cangrejo|
|Setas al Ajillo|
We spent some time choosing our platos fuertes. Lamb was represented on the menu in two ways: lechal or chuletitas de cordero. When we asked about the difference, we were told that lechal was very young, milk fed lamb, sacrificed at two weeks old! I was too softhearted to order this. So, I asked for chuletitas de cordero, or baby lamb chops.
Doña Cuevas wanted fish, and I recommended Huachinango Deshuesado a Las Brasas, a whole filet baked with parsley and garlic. But due to user error, she asked for an elaborate version, covered in mariscos. I was very surprised to see this when it arrived, and when we expressed some doubt, our waiter brought a menu so we could confirm it. Sra. Cuevas accepted it. The presence of surimi (two ways: fake crab and fake anguillas) among the mariscos was not a crowd pleaser. Neither were the well cooked vegetables
|Filete de Huauchinango covered in mariscos|
My baby lamb chops were good and especially abundant although cooked a degree more done than I prefer. The Papas Francesas were not very hot. Presentation: what you see is what you get.
Although the food was okay, neither of us was able to finish our mains, and as we were traveling, para llevar was not a viable option.
Of course, we had no room for dessert, but I did have a good café express.
Cost, in 100s of pesos, per person: $$$$$
Ambience: Spanish Taverna
Key words: Huge portions
En fin: Very nice experience, but the food needs work.
CENTRO CASTELLANO, CENTRO
República de Uruguay 16, Col.Centro
5518-2937 / 5518-6080
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So you are Mr. Incognito reviewer in the kitchen....I like that! Many places we have been to have not yet learned about the perception and belief that you eat with your eyes first when presented with a dish. The plate of lamb with tossed fries proves that.
Continued Gracias for your efforts to educate and entertain !
De nada. We were treated so well that I was reluctant to criticize the food.
Where is the Basque-inspired restaurant located?
I second Tancho. Thanks for helping me fill my dance card. My next trip to Mexico City, I will merely be changing planes.
That menu del dia price of 200 pesos was for ONE PERSON?! By the way, you look skinnier. Have you done something or is it an optical illusion?
Yes, Felipe, for one person. This is a high class joint.
My skinniness is an optical illusion as I really doubt that I have lost weight.
I have been eating less at meals, most of the time, but I don't think that has affected my figure.
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