Last night was a feast for the eyes as well as the palette at the Media Preview for Mexico’s newest addition…La Hacienda de San Angel. The evening kicked off at La Cantina de San Angel (the outdoor area of the restaurant) where we were entertained by a traditional Mariachi Band. The food and drinks flowed freely and we were able to sample several menu items as well as some of the restaurant’s signature margaritas before we headed inside. I have lots to share with you so let’s get started shall we!
The decor was beautiful! Here’s a video I put together for you…
Because we were there for the media preview we were not served full sized entrees but tapas sized portions of the menu offerings. I LOVE Mexican food and there were some dishes that were “stand-outs” and others that I did not care for at all. The food was definitely NOT Tex Mex. It was traditional fare that you would find in the southernmost region of Mexico. My husband was my dining companion and his opinion was that the food was too bland. I’d have to disagree with him. While the food wasn’t phenomenal…it did satisfy my palette and I quite enjoyed it. I think the quality of food is better than Mexico’s other sit-down dining experience, San Angel Inn and the atmosphere and views trump it as well.
Let’s start with the “stand-out” favorite for me…
Tacos de Camarones – Fried shrimp, chipotle-lime aioli, cabbage, lime and salsa verde served over flour tortillas $22.95
I can’t say enough about this dish except that it was DELISH!
Hubby thought that the beef taco was bland. This dish is available at the La Cantina de San Angel (the outside counter service location)
Tacos de Carne – Grille beef tacos on fresh homemade corn tortillas with Pico de Gallo, lime and tortilla chips $11.95
I tried the Chilorio (marinated pork taco) and thought it had good flavor, however I squeezed the lime juice on to it. Guess I should have sampled it first so I could give you a better description. This is part of the “Taquiza” entree which is a trio featuring rib eye taco with chipotle salsa, roasted chicken taco with salsa verde and Chilorio taco $10.75
Here is another one of my favorites…This is a Tilapia with Mango Chutney. Normally I am not a fan of Tilapia but I had a second helping of this tostada. On the menu this offering is listed as Pescado a la Talla – Grilled tilapia served with esquites (roasted corn), nopales (cactus leaves) and mango Chutney $23.95
This next item is a sampling of Puerco en Salsa de Mole Negro – Roasted pork tender loin with mole negro sauce, served with esquites (roasted corn), sweet potato mash, beans and vegetables 25.95 The hubby did not like it at all. I took a small lick of the mole and it was “nothing to write home about”.
This next dish, the chicken tostada, I can only describe as tasting close to a meat hash. It looked good but my first rection was…this tastes like dog food…not that I have ever eaten wet dog food…but I would imagine it is pretty close in texture. I did not like it. >:P It is part of the Botana Starter – A sampling of traditional Mexican favorites; chicken tostada, Chilorio sope (marinated pork) and cheese empanada $9.95
Rounding out the food is Chiles toreados y chorizitos – Roasted sweet peppers with lime and sea salt, served with mini “cantimpalito” chorizos (pork sausage) $12.25 At first glance I thought the peppers would be scortching hot but they weren’t and the sausage was similar to a pepperoni
On to the Margaritas! We were served four different flavors. Mango Blueberry Basil, Classic, Rosita and then another with Guava that is not on the menu. My favorite by far was the classic… I am a creature of habit. The Rosita tasted like liquid potpourri and had actual rose petals in it and the Mango Blueberry Basil was too sweet for me.
If you’re looking for gluten-free items you’re in luck. I was told that the following menu items were all gluten-free: Ensalada de la Hacienda – Spinach salad with queso fresco, tomatoes, pomegranate, pine nuts and avocado, with mustard vinaigrette dressing $7.75; Arrachera – Flank steak with spring onions, tamal, cactus leaves and beans $25.9…sans tamal of course; Pescado a la Talla – Grilled tilapia served with esquites (roasted corn), nopales (cactus leaves) and mango Chutney $23.95; and the Pollo al Pastor – Achiote marinated chicken served with roasted vegetables, beans and pineapple relish $23.95
It was a bit of a bummer that we weren’t offered any desserts to sample but here is a stock photo of the Empanada de Manzana – Puff pastry filled with sautéed caramel apples and vanilla bean ice cream with Kahlua sauce $7.95
But the most surprizing aspect of dining at La Hacienda de San Angel was the view of Illuminations. The floor to cieling windows offered a view that I have never seen before. The lights were turned off inside the restaurant and the music was pumped in and the view was unparalleled!
And on that note, I leave you with another La Hacienda de San Angel video direct from Disney…