We've eaten at Moxi a half dozen times over the last 5 years. In fact, we were so impressed on our last Christmas trip, we ate there twice in 3 days. The design, the setting the ambience cannot be beaten in San Miguel or pretty much anywhere. We reaffirmed that on this trip. Service was accommodating, and with personality as usual. They had reserved an outside table for us, but graciously moved us to a four top inside. It was a little cool and the outdoor tables tend to be too dark for us.
They were set up for a table of 15 or so next to our table so we were motivated to promptly order, which we did without rushing. The waiter made a great cocktail suggestion for my wife, and I was delighted with my usual vodka martini...albeit in an unusual glass. The menu had few changes from our last visit, but still maintained the contemporary mexican that they are known for.
My darling wife, S. ordered a tomato, avocado and basil salad which sounded better than it turned out to be. The bits of greens were not as crisp as the should have been, and while the dressing was tasty, there was far to much of it. Her main of salt shrimp was attractively presented with 5 large shrimp that had all of the salt promised plus some. Ok, not great. She gave it a B+.
I've no idea what possessed me but I ordered tempura vegetables to start. Perhaps I was reflecting back to the really great tempura meal we recently had at the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo. This was a poor imitation. I'd suggest they get if off the menu quick. The batter is hard to describe only to say it cooked up into a fairly hard casing for the presumably fresh vegetables inside. There was a tasty dunking sauce that I could never quite place. One expects the food to be of high quality in an establishment of this reputation, but one also expects a high standard in presentation of the dishes. In this case, the tempura pieces were dumped unceremoniously into what appeared to be a cereal bowl. No garnish, not even pretense of arrangement. Very strange. My main of suckling pig was tasty, indeed. Not the most mouth melting I've ever had, but very good. It also was served in a bowl with a small garnish of cilantro and a few slivers of red chili pepper. The small tortillas were served warm and a perfect wrap for the pork. The sauces accompanying were very tasty as well.
Our delightful waiter also went out of his way to provide us with a glass of a wonderful tempranillo blend been which wasn't on the menu. A little pricey, but worth it.
My takeaway is that even the best of restaurants/chefs make menu mistakes and cannot be their best every day. I will give them another chance.
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