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“Contemporary Oasis in San Miguel”

Moxi Restaurant Hotel Matilda
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Moxi at the Hotel Matilda is one of my favorite places to eat in San Miguel. Chef Enrique Olvera's selection is refined Mexican cuisine done without pretention. I love the jicama ravioli's and the cuban rice with plantain and egg looked delicious!

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Bruce J, Manager at Moxi Restaurant Hotel Matilda, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Dear Klaudia: Moxi has some very enthusiastic fans in San Miguel – and we’re glad you’re among them. Chef Olvera’s menu is both imaginative and delicious. You can discover something new every time you visit. Keep an eye on our special events: on Feb. 15 our special supper club features three amazing chefs, including Chef Olvera. Hope you’ll join us!

With warm regards,

Bruce James, Director

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

On a friend's recommendation I took guests to the Hotel Matilda for a special dinner. The food was truly the worst I have eaten in SMA and for that matter, the worst dining in many months.They are supposed to have a new chef who comes with high credentials but either he wasn't cooking that night, and/or he has no control over the kitchen. The wine list was the most expensive I have seen in SMA and very ordinary wines. This is a no-go.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Located within the modern Hotel Matilda, the modern architecture and decor are simply excellent. Ultra modern style immersed in the colonial San Miguel is a nice contrast. The terrace tables are particularly comfortable. If you go, make sure to walk around the hotel reception, lobby and general areas where they have nice decor and art. The service is friendly but still needs a bit more polishing. For drinks we tried the Mojito. Not bad but clearly made in less than 1 minute... lacked the deep lime flavor and the intense taste of mint. The food produced mixed reactions in our case. The courtesy spoon of "aguachile" (sort of raw fish cured in lemon) was excellent. For appetizers we tried the pumpkin soup, the tamal, the beet salad and the aguachile. The aguachile was good, the beet salad was excellent and well served. The tamal was dry and plain and the pumpkin soup had little to separate it from cream plus pumpkin. For main dishes we tried the little chicken, the filet mignon, the fish "zarandeado" and the agnolotti pasta. The fish was by far the best. Perfectly cooked and with a nice "tomatillo" sauce. Tender and juicy. The chicken was also very good. Well cooked and also juicy. A simple but well executed dish. The meet was cold, dry and apparently coming out of the freezer. Its fibers were coming apart and the taste was diluted, almost absent. Not good at all. For dessert we tried the cheesecake and the "mamey" creme brule. Cheesecake was not bad but the portion was minuscule (think one teaspoon out of a NY cheescake) with the pastry pulverized on the side. Well below expectations in flavor and amount served. The creme brulee was good, original, a bit dry. We had a couple of glasses of wine. Had to send one back as it was apparently coming out of the freezer. Very cold. Restaurants should accept the fact that if they are serving wine by the glass, they should at some point, throw out the rest of a bottle and open a new one. No need to keep it ultra cold in order to extract a couple of days more of its life. Worth a visit but be careful what you order and be prepared to pay dearly.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Friends who live in San Miguel recommended this new restaurant for my birthday. From the setting to the food, it was terrific. It's an elegant place to begin with, has a really cool vibe that makes it special. We dined outdoors on a beautiful patio with a small waterfall. We had heard that the chef is famous in Mexico City and you can see why - his food is truly distinctive. We loved the nopal cactus salad and pescado al pastor, fresh grilled fish topped with pineapple and serrano chile. It was our best dinner in San Miguel. The ambiance, with artwork everywhere was romantic. And the staff was very warm and professional. We'll definitely return.

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Bruce J, General Manager at Moxi Restaurant Hotel Matilda, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

We’re truly excited about the buzz that Moxi is making in San Miguel! The response has been very enthusiastic from visitors and locals alike. If you enjoyed your dinner, you’ll love some of the special events we’re planning. Check our Hotel Matilda website for details on our exciting Day of the Dead event on Nov. 2nd – with a Black Dinner by celebrity chef Martha Ortiz. She’ll rock the house!

With warm regards,
Bruce James, Director, Hotel Matilda/Moxi Restaurant

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We went because Moxi was recommended (Moxi Restaurant, Hotel Matilda, Aldama 53, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., tel. 415-152-1015, web: http://moxi.com.mx). We were told that a Mexico City celebrity chef had just come to Moxi. It turns out that Enrique Olvera had formed a partnership on June 2 and he had arrived in the week just before we first went to Moxi. Restaurant Magazine had named Olvera’s restaurant in Mexico City called Pujol #36 in its 2012 list of 50 best restaurants in the world.

We sat on the terrace below the pool and the waterfall from the pool. It was very pleasant, with soft jazz in the background and the sound of the water flowing over the wall from the pool. Our first server wasn’t to our liking. But our second server, Ugo, was friendly, informative and professional. In short, he has everything we like in a server. We were the only ones there when we arrived (early) but more people did come. We were brought an amuse bouche of gazpacho with basil oil and it was delicious. Then we were brought tomato bread with butter sprinkled with salt and a dusting of ancho chili.

We shared everything as usual and started with “Ceviche de pascadol/Fish ceviche, xocanostle, jitomate, cebolla, menta, aguacate y chicharron de pescado/Sour fruit cactus, tomato, onion, mint, avocado, crispy fish skin” (M$130). It was a great dish—not like Peruvian or Chilean ceviche but great nonetheless. There were tiny rolls of fish in a juice that tasted of lime but that was pink. We were told pink was the color given to the juice by the xoconostle fruit (the red prickly pear). The combination of tastes was very, very good and the fish skin was the best we’ve ever had anywhere in the world. Our Principles/Main Course was “Pescado en ceniza, cebolla, horneada, mole verde, verdolagas/Halibut fish in ash, baked onion, green mole sauce, purslane” (M$220). We liked that the mole verde and the juice for the ceviche were brought in pitchers. There was plenty of sauce and more in the pitcher if you wanted it. The halibut was very good and the ash added something. The green mole sauce had just the right amount of spiciness too. The purslane was in a cup made of a layer of onion and it was good. The only thing missing from this dish was a starch so we ate another piece of bread. With our meal we each had a glass of Mexican wine called San Lorenzo Valle de Parras Coahuila (Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo) for M$90 each. We liked it. For dessert we shared the “Buñuelo—Guayabate (which is a local sweet of guava and caramel), miel depiloncillo y helado de canela”(M$80). The cinnamon ice cream was outstanding and if you like brown sugar with guava and caramel, it was a very good dessert. For us, it was a little sweet. We had one decaf coffee that was served in a big cup and was good. We spent M$650 plus tip. Yum! We highly recommend this restaurant—we have been back and the food has been outstanding each time (but the service has been spotty sometimes).

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Bruce J, Manager at Moxi Restaurant Hotel Matilda, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Thank you so much for your detailed review! You’ve given readers many good reasons to visit, and a superb explanation of the cuisine and its many flavors. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your dinners at Moxi, and we look forward with pleasure to welcoming you again – hopefully soon!

With warm regards,
Bruce James, Director, Hotel Matilda/Moxi Restaurant

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