|El Naranjos' tables near the shops.|
On this occasion, we sat ourselves on the opposite side of the patio dining room, in the aisle near the boutique shops. Our table was essentially a fancy card table. It was really too small for a foursome, as the plates are oversize.
But we managed by using the ledge next to us that separated us from the main patio. We didn't like the slippery, sliding, paper table runner.
The chairs were a mix of the contour plastic chairs, which are actually quite comfortable, and a pair of plastic, folding deck chairs, which were less so. We swapped the folding chairs for contour chairs from the adjacent, unoccupied table. But next time we'll try to find an 8-spot table if available. In the end, it's all patio furniture, which is appropriate to the venue.
Ron shared with us an appetizer of Mozzarella alla Amalfitana, attractively served in a cast iron pot. The melted cheese was pleasant, if undistinguished, but spiked with minced anchovies and what seemed to be sun dried tomatoes, and so, we finished it.
The bread "basket" held a pleasant surprise: thin, crisp, bubbly cracker bread, lightly sprinkled with rosemary leaves. This bread was attractive as well as tasty. The pan ordinario was, well, ordinary. But at least it was fresh, in good condition and slightly warm. It was useful for holding swirls of the melted mozzarella.
|New bread on the block|
The frogs' legs seemed to me to be a curious candidate for a wood fired oven, so we passed.
But all four of us decided to order Filetti al Forno. Each was a solid piece of beef, with a coarse grained texture. These were not filet mignon, which was fine with me. I was pleased, having ordered mine cooked "término medio", which translates to pink-red center. Our friends who ordered theirs more done were less pleased, as at least one was cooked to total doneness. I think that the 300 gram steaks cooked better than the smaller version.
|Filetto al Forno|
|The table fills up.|
(It would be a nice and useful touch if the wait staff wore name tags.)
We saw several pizzas served and they looked a lot more attractive than those I saw on our last visit. The crusts looked thin crusted, and well browned. We will probably try one or two on our next visit.
I ordered coffee and a Creme Brûlée. The waitress told us that they were out at the moment, and there would be a 15 minute wait. I was willing to wait. So I was a little surprised when she brought the dessert in less time. It looked good but when I broke the caramelized crust, I discovered that the creme was still liquid. It hadn't baked even to the consistency of a good dish of natillas. Reluctantly, I summoned the waitress and sent it back. It was taken off our bill with no hassle.
In all, this was a more enjoyable and satisfactory experience that on our previous visit. Although there were incremental but significant improvements in the food, it was our excellent waitress who really made a difference.
I will definitely return.
Here's an updated Rating.
Cost: $$$$ (about $400 pesos per person, average, including tip.)