The meal was superb. The chef here has worked in 5-star restaurants and that skill is definitely evident in the meals he prepares. I don't know what the truth of the matter is but I was once told that he was tired of the rat race when cooking in a large restaurant. Here, there are times when they have a large banquet group and they have a building specifically for that purpose but for the most part I suspect there are seldom more than 20 people there for dinner and there's basically one seating for the night. I can see where that would be a lovely opportunity for someone accustomed to feeding a much larger crowd every night.
Back to the actual meal. My table companions all ordered the Steak Hacienda with a chocolate sauce. We thought that might be a bit like Mexican molé sauce but they tell me it wasn't. I'll have to order it myself one of these days if I want to find out what it actually tastes like since no one offered me a taste and I wasn't feeling like I wanted to ask. As it was, one of the people offered me a part of her steak both because she getting very full and she wanted me to be able to taste how good it was and experience how tender it was. It was butter knife tender and amazing! I ordered the chicken in fig sauce. Oh my. The chicken nearly melted in my mouth. We were all very pleased with our selections. While I was very happy with my meal, next time I'm getting the steak.
Let's start at the beginning. There is a lovely room where people wait until it's time to go to their table. Out there our hostess asked if any of us would like their famous hot spiced wine. I've had it before so I strongly recommended it. Three of us indulged and agreed it was fabulous. I've asked the owner for her recipe before and she says she'll get it for me but that's one of those things where someone will tell you what they think you want to hear and then just ignore you. It's fine. I understand it's a family recipe and she's trying to not be rude.
We were seated in my favorite room for dining. The server is a delightful woman who speaks a little more English every time I go there. She took our orders and started us out with grilled bread and what may have been homemade butter. It was lovely. That was followed with a soup the ingredients of which were a total mystery other than the plantain. That was followed by our entree. Just to add a little description to the steak, it was very possibly 3" of filet mignon. It was truly a meal to be savored. None of us were up to dessert but after having been there before, I know it's as good as everything else. Two of our party also had a glass of wine with dinner.
The the whole meal was complete, the bill for all four of us, including the five glasses of wine, was under $90! Is that amazing or what? Oh, and the people drinking the red wine said it was a very nice one, definitely not out of a box.
Yes, even at some of the truly top-notch restaurants that offer a dining experience rather than just a meal, affordability is still the rule.
By the way, we were there four hours. With the taxi ride, it was a five-hour evening. The greatest part was that the company was so good I didn't even notice the time fly by.
As we left I snapped a few more photos of the beautiful night with the lights and fog. I thought you might enjoy them.