Monday, December 16, 2013

El Caracol Cafe


A restaurant I have wanted to try for many years has been El Caracol Cafe. Since I have been in the area for the last week or so, I finally made the visit. The restaurant is a bit small with only seven tables and the interior has bright orange coloured walls, yellow tables, and the counter resembles a cabana. The restaurant has a few nicknacks such as a Mexican pinata and a Japanese lucky cat. Also, the restaurant has a case of jewellery for sale beside the pop machine and the back of the counter has DVDs available for purchase.


SOPA DE MARISCOS, SEAFOOD SOUP, CHICKEN ENCHILADAS, FRESH TORTILLA, MOJARRA FRITA FRIED FISH TILAPIA, POLLO GUISADO CHICKEN STEWED IN TOMATO SAUCE, AND SALMON TACOS.


ENCHILADAS MEXICANA, A SOFT CORN TORTILLA STUFFED WITH CHEESE AND CHICKEN WITH OUR OWN CHILLI SAUCE AND MORE CHEESE ($8.99). The waitress recommend the chicken and only the chicken enchilada rather than the beef. The enchilada has two soft shell tacos stuffed with shredded chicken, topped with a light tomato sauce with no hint of a chilli taste, and a generous amount of cheese (cheddar and monetary jack, and/or oaxaca. Tbh I never tried melted oaxaca before so I wouldn't know, plus, it is a pricer cheese so I doubt it was used). The shredded chicken tastes tender but a bit dry and does not have much taste other than the sauce as well as cheese.



MOJARRA FRITA FRIED FISH TILAPIA ($12.99). 

The tilapia is deep fried and has a crisp exterior with a bit of moist tasting meat, however, the fish does not taste too dry. The only complaint with the fish is that it tastes overly salty. We are also given tortillas to eat with the dishes.
POLLO GUISADO CHICKEN STEWED IN TOMATO SAUCE ($10.99). The slices of chicken tastes tender and the sauce tastes like a tangy tomato sauce... surprisingly resembling a very generic tomato sauce. The sauce tastes like something I could eat with pasta and although properly made, some achiote and alcaparrado would have made the sauce taste more flavourful and less generic. Every dish comes with a side of rice, beans and salad. The beans have a creamy as well as thick consistency and tastes quite flavourful, not salty. The salad comes with shredded lettuce, diced tomato and a slice of carrot and avocado.

SOPA DE MARISCOS, SEAFOOD SOUP ($15.00). The seafood soup has a nice settled creamy coconut and basil taste. The soup also has a very generous amount of seafood ingredients - one small frozen crab leg, eleven to twelve prawns, a few pieces of salmon, slices of green pepper and onion, two mussels, and diced tomato. The prawns taste slightly stiff as well as rubbery and the salmon tastes dry. However, the soup tastes so flavourful that the overcooked seafood ingredients do not matter. Also, the diced tomato and onion are quite tasty in the soup. I definitely recommend ordering this.

SALMON TACOS ($9.00). The salmon tastes slightly moist, not too dry, and the tacos are quite tasty with the cilantro, green onion, and slices of avocado. Each taco comes with two tortillas, however, one tortilla would have been good enough and two made the tacos taste quite doughy.


POSITIVES
- Friendly owners and staff
- Seafood soup is a must try regardless of the overcooked seafood
- Every dish comes with a good amount of rice, salad and beans

NEGATIVES
- Restaurant is small

LITTLE THINGS
- Everything we ordered was the waitress's recommendation, however, I may come back to try other items. Pupusas seem very popular but was not a recommendation, I would try those

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 2.5/5 (kind of N/A but friendly waitress)

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