The name of the restaurant is well chosen because all the food is consistently rich in flavour. The menu selections delight with innovative, extravagant combinations and nowhere is one disappointed as you hum your way through mouthwatering dish after dish. Whoever designed the wonderful food though is not always well served by the physical presentation. In place that aspires to perfection, small but annoyingly intrusive failures loom large.
My strawberry daiquiri was a thing of beauty. The two dinner rolls presented were unexceptional but the spicy butter with them was just fine except that the small dollop provided was niggardly in the extreme. I chose to have two Taste portions from the entree menu (quite sufficient) and thus got the starter salad for free. Basically a mesclun mix, the dressing was so powerfully flavourful that only a little was needed to make this a winning start.
The dim sum (from the "Asian Flavors" part of the menu) was four dumplings stuffed with local prawns and accompanied with two wonderfully rich sauces. But here the problems began. The rest of the table setting was impeccable but the cheapest of wooden chopsticks supplied (they didn't even split apart evenly) were a disgrace and an insult to the food. The dumplings broke apart when grasped and stuck to the banana leaf on which they were served. The sauces, served in separate cream carafes, posed their own problem: how to marry the sauce with the dumpling. You couldn't pour the sauce on the dumpling because the latter was in an open- bottomed bamboo steamer basket and the carafes were not wide enough to dip a medium sized dumpling in, even if it had not broken apart with the sticking. Rescued with knife and fork and I must admit with the incredibly delicious stuffing you want to salvage every last bit and use as much of those sauces as appropriate.
The cochinita pibil ("Mexican Flavors") is a local variation on pulled pork as rich and mouth-wateringly wonderful as ever with a spicy onion slice, sour cream garnish to tame on the side. Would have been better though if the pork had been more than just warm when it arrived.
Service was impeccable throughout and the upscale ambiance warm and comforting. Despite being built into/onto a precipitous hillside, little view and you might need shade in the daytime as it's south-facing.
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