My wife and I really want to love this beautiful little restaurant. Sadly, after last night, the love is very much on hold. Hacienda del Lago should be in the top three in Ajijic in terms of quality, service and overall dining experience. The setting is great, the ambience is wonderful, the chef is very highly regarded. With all that going for it, every meal should be one to rave about.
We made a reservation for Saturday evening and I made a specific request for the foie gras starter. No problem and perhaps there would be enough to buy some to take home. :-) We arrived on time and were asked to sit in the garden area while our table was bussed. No offer of a menu or drinks. This was not a big deal but in the context of the evening, it was a harbinger of what was to come. Seated after about ten minutes. Menus brought and decisions made. We opted to share the foie gras starter, my wife went for the seared ahi tuna and I ordered the duck breast in mole sauce. Wife was asked how she would like the tuna but no enquiry as to my duck. (I thought this strange at the time) The waiter returns shortly after with the "bad news". No foie gras!! I was not happy and asked to speak with the owner, Tony. Off went the waiter only to return a few minutes later with the "good news". Foie gras rediscovered. Seems there had been some kitchen renos in progress and the foie gras had been misplaced. Apologies offered and accepted but meal off to a shaky start. We did enjoy a very nice guacamole stuffed mushroom while we were waiting. The foie gras, (which is local) when it arrived, was a very generous portion and ample for two without doubt. Very tasty and a treat. On to the mains. The tuna was wonderful. Perfectly seared, nicely plated, and very flavorful. The duck breast was overlooked dry, and sent back. (Remember I was not asked how I wanted it done) The mole sauce was excellent though. Then we waited and waited and waited. My wife tried to drag her meal out but finally had to eat. The waiter arrived to tell me the new main was ready and did I want it now? Yes please, now! Off he went not to return for a good five more minutes. The breast was pink and moist however the duck itself was a little tasteless. Much better but by now the whole experience had turned a little sour. I ate while my wife watched. At that point we decided to call it a night. Table was cleared, no suggestion of a desert menu nor if we wanted to take some foie gras home, and payment made.
As noted, we want to love this place and to dine here again. At this level it is the small things that count and last night the small things were missing and we paid the price. We will wait awhile before returning.
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