My mom, sister and I came here to celebrate my birthday. While the patio is gorgeous, the food is really disappointing. Its not that its badly cooked, we just found it across the board to be very strange, as far as the flavor combinations. Sometimes it seems like restaurants try so hard to make the food "fancy" that they forget some of the basic tenets of cooking....
The gnocchi that was served with both the lobster appetizer and the salmon was a horrible texture, pure mush. The salmon itself was nice, but the broth that its in is just weird- kind of lemony, but not in a good way. My sister had the scallops, which again was just a weird flavor combination, piled with what looked like a strangely colored mayonnaise in between the scallops. Yuck. My mother had the pork loin, and again, was disappointed. The plate was neither visually appealing, nor was it particularly good tasting.
The best part of the dinner was dessert- the Ouef a la Niege, I believe its called- basically meringue surrounded by custard, and a classic El Encanto desert. For the birthday portion of the event they bought out a plate with two small cookies (macarons) on it, and "happy birthday" written in chocolate. I took one bite of the cookie, and put it back. Not tasty. Pretty cheap, considering dinner rang in at over $200, and we only ordered 2 glasses of wine.
The service was okay- it got a bit lax at the end- and when the waiter asked us how the food was, my sister piped up and told him that she didn't like hers. Had he looked at the half finished plates that all of us had, he might have realized that none of us were happy. At pretty much any other restaurant, whether a cafe or fine dining, that plate would have been taken off the bill- but not at the El Encanto!
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