We have fond memories of our first visit to Las Quince Letras, back in the early or mid '90s. Thus we anticipated with pleasure a comida there with an expat friend last week. The courtyard is a nice setting, with shrubs; a oasis of cool tranquility.
Our helpful waitress recited the options on the set menú del día. It sounded good, especially for only $90 pesos each, so we all ordered the same thing. We were brought a small, pleasant salad of watermelon! We each ordered, separate from the set menu, a very good mescal of the house, followed by a tasty, smooth sopa de frijol negro.
I was a little disappointed that instead of chochoyones, small, indented dumplings of masa, the soup instead had totopos, or sections of crisp corn tortilla, a common garnish for soups all over México. It was a minor letdown. And the soup should have been hotter.
For a main dish, all three of us had Costillas de Cerdo, modest sections of pork ribs in a tangy yellow sauce. Unfortunately, the riblets were undercooked, and just a little tough. The plates came with a small salad and nicely undercooked vegetable garnish to the side.
I had a glass of L.A. Cetto vino tinto, which was my error, as it wasn't very compatible with the ribs. The QL wine selection is very limited, and surprisingly, so are the mezcals offered. One each. We all ordered agua mineral (club soda).
The agua de sabor del día was a pitcher of agua de zapote negro, which was not unpleasant, but insipid. Zapote negro fruits may look exotic, but they are very bland.
At the end of the meal, we were brought a small section of pay de limón. Not too bad, except for the gelatinous texture. I ordered a café Americano, which was very poor. It was coffee from a small urn.
I was unable to resist ordering a tantalizing second dessert, Tamal de Chocolate. I wish I hadn't. Although it looked interesting, the flavors of the tamal and the underlying citric sauce were quite incompatible.
So I have to say, that the meal fell short in a few details, but overall was pleasant. We speculate that we could have a better meal at Las QL if we ordered from the a la carte menu, but frankly, we are not likely to return.
The service was good at the beginning of the meal, but as it progressed, it became increasingly difficult to get a waiter's attention.
Food:*** Highlights: Mezcal, Sopa de Frijol. Low point: terrible coffee.
Price: I didn't make a note, but I think it was $380 for three. So:
Restroom: O.k. But men's room has the light switch hidden inside and a non functional switch just inside the door.
Keywords: "Pay more attention to details."
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