One of the reasons why Epicurious and I are so close is because we share a propensity for the snarky side of life. In general… I like to be a butt most of the time. I was really hoping to display the dexterity and flare my fingers posses on the keyboard whenever I get the chance to act in such a manner. But alas… not today; I can only write good things about my journey through the menu at Guaca Mole; the new Mexican restaurant everyone seems to be raving about off of Hurstbourne Pkwy Road (it got a 90% like on urbanspoon).
In all fairness my mother is actually the one who chose to dine at this new establishment. Most of my natural amazingness is derived from her, so it is no surprise that she picked this place for her birthday dinner. Apparently the owner of Guaca Mole used to work in another Mexican restaurant where they served their staff authentic cuisine and their patrons the watered down version; he decided to correct this offense by opening his own place. And what a difference!
We started off with a sampler of all three signature guacamole dips they offer for $13. I recommend this if you aren’t too sure which dip you’d like to try the most. Each one has a slight difference in ingredients and even dipping apparatuses. Why had I never thought to use pork rinds as a way to eat through some yummy guacamole before?!? My mothers only complaint was that there was not a big enough difference between the three choices, and that they did not give you enough of each dipping “chip” (although a basket of fresh chips was provided). The next thing we ordered was the chupe de langosta (lobster bisque Latin style, crab meat tostadita) which was on the “Today’s Specials” menu for $7, and the pepita goat cheese salad also for $7.
Each was a healthy portion and not only a feast for the mouth but for the eyes as well. The soup was absolutely perfect, not too heavy in cream and full of fresh meaty crab flavor. Honestly, I’ve never had it better; and that’s saying a lot cause I’ve eaten a million different versions of this since it is a personal favorite. The salad had colorful baby arugula piled high with creamy goat cheese, black currents, pumpkin seeds, fennel, tomatoes, Calabaza puree, and a sweet cherry agave nectar dressing…NOMNOMNOMNOM!!!
For dinner I ordered the pork enmoladas (special for $14), my mother had the enchiladas suizas (also a special for $16), and my brother ordered the carne asada. All were extremely large portions and absolutely delicious.
The mole sauce was super rich but not as dark of a flavor as I expected. For some reason it had more of a cinnamon sweet flavor then the rich dark chocolate flavor so closely associated with this traditional sauce. To me it’s like eating a dark secret that you may never fully understand. Although their version is different it was absolutely superb.
The steak was cooked to order (medium rare); and the enchiladas suizas had a full seafood flavor with a velvety rich sauce that had a little heat to it.
For desert my mother had churros with a hot chocolate and a cold coffee dipping sauce and I ordered the pumpkin flan with goat cheese ice cream (noticing a trend here?). The flavor of the savory cheese mixed with the sweetness of the ice cream was certainly different and delicious But lets be honest… it is tough to screw up anything made with sugar, it’s like the magic ingredient of cooking. I don’t think there is a desert I wouldn’t eat. I LOVE ALL THINGS SUGAR!!!
We finished off the night with a large cup of coffee and a humongous sparkler for my mothers birthday (note to self: do not light a sparkler indoors, STINKY!!!).
Our server was also attentive without being overly so. When I asked for a to-go box she noticed how little I had eaten (I have a small stomach) and she asked if I enjoyed the meal. She had, to my surprise, sincere concern in her voice. It was refreshing to know that as a customer my experience was a concern. Who doesn’t like to be fawned over?! So all in all we had a great night with delicious food. An experience like this makes me super happy; not only will the memories last longer but the leftovers make for an amazing lunch! ALL THE DELICOUS FOOD!!!!