This was one of my favorite restaurants on the edges of historic Oakland. The flavors were bright and unusual and the taste was always fresh. But, not today! Could it have been the holidays, or the fact that we went for a late lunch--1:30?
The first bad sign was water-spotted menus and food specks on the wall adjacent to the table we were at. The restaurant specializes in small pates, designed for sharing. We started with guacomole which was as tasty as ever, with good color, but the accompanying chips had been exposed to air and mositure for too long and were not as crisp as they should have been. There was something odd about the lukewarm tortilla soup, a chermical taste and my friend and I thought it was more like an enchilada sauce than soup. The ceviche (less than a one half cup serving size) looked good, a festive bright green. The server emphasized that we were being served "West Coast" ceviche, but it was so vinegary that it could have been the brining liquid for a New England boiled dinner. The three tostiditas were the last straw, soggy taco shells and dry stringy chicken. And, by the way, these few dishes came to almost $50.00.
I always thought the prices here were a trifle high, but the food was so good, it was worth it. I am so disappointed that things have deteriorated to this extent--somebody isn't paying attention. I will give this place another try, but if you go, be prepared for some disappointment.
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