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“Simply delicious”
Review of Restaurante Laja

Restaurante Laja
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $70
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: In Laja cooking wine region of Baja California is brewing . Over the years we have achieved the magical space that sums up the essence of Valle de Guadalupe ; Natural and simple elegance of where tastes and feelings so deep and clear capriciously endure over time arise . We offer a set menu that changes every day. The backbone of our kitchen is our own garden . The vegetable is our thermometer , our clock and our reference . We ranks and season ( not all years are equal). At your own pace , from vegetables , sprouts , herbs and seasonings our menu comes alive . The nearby Pacific Ocean offers great and always surprising ingredients and producers of cheese , oils and meats from the region deeply grounded our offer.
Reviewed March 20, 2012

After a day at the local wineries, we were very hungry and looking for a calm time. We had a very early dinner (or very late lunch!) and the restaurant was almost empty.
All our plates were delicious and the portions were more than enough. And in any case, you can always ask for a second serving of any course you want for no extra charge.
Even though there are only two options for each course, they all looked so good, that it wasn't hard to chose. (I almost went for the 8 course meal to try them all).
All in all, great value for what you pay for, delicious and different, but not exaggerated.
LOVED IT!!!

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Thank MecheMexicoCity
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

We visited the Valle de Guadalupe wine country on Saturday, and dined at fabulous Laja restaurant. A friend recommended having the chef's tasting menu, which we did, with the wine pairings. Everything was so good, but the highlights of the evening were the perfectly cooked risotto, the exquisite eggplant ravioli and the braised short rib, perfect on a cold night like saturday's. This is definitely a restaurant I would try again! Great overall experience! Keep up the good work!

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1  Thank natalia64
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

A serendipitous dining experience. I always look forward to a meal there for the creative preparations of the chef. The menu changes according to the chef's fancy and the availability of local fresh food. The organic veggies come from the garden. The wine list is superb.

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1  Thank foredeckchick
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

Home-grown vegetables sounded scrumptious - ideal for vegetarians. A friend who is a vegetarian told us that when he ate there -- without having let them know in advance that he was a vegetarian -- and found he could not eat much of the meal because it was meat, yet he was charged the same $610 pesos as a meat-eater. So we called in advance to see if they could accomodate vegetarians. "Sure," they said, and told us that the price for vegetarians was the same because was costly to garden-grow all their own vegetables. They assured us they would prepare a delicious vegetarian meal for the two vegetarians in our group of 6. That sounded great so we made a reservation for 6 PM. When we got there they had us down for 8 instead of 6, even though we'd been assured twice by phone that it was 6. And it turned out that the scrumptious vegetarian meal was just a half a cup of risotto which is basically rice - not something they grow in their garden. When we asked if we could have on the side a few of the vegetables that accompanied the meat dishes -- some roasted red peppers and squash, they said they'd have to charge extra -- on top of their already super high price. So I asked for the vegetables instead of the rice, but all they gave me was a small serving of the Squash.

Even though their menu is very simple - only two choices for each course, and even though we were the only ones in the restaraunt, and even though they wrote down our choices, they repeatedly got it mixed up and brought us the wrong thing. Then one or two of us would have to wait forever for the right item to be brought out -- while the others finished that course.

It was in the midst of a beautiful orchard, but other than that it was a very dissapointing experience -- certainly not worth the money. At least for vegetarians, there was no spectacular dish. Save your money and go to Media Camino instead. While the Half Way House lacks the beautiful view and atmospher of Laja, Chef Johnney is a far better cook. His Traditional Chile en Nogada stuffed pepper dish is amazing - and at a far lower price. And he, too, grows his own herbs. Throughout the Ensedada region there are many better choices than Laja.

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3  Thank Arthur K
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

We decided to avoid the TJ border crossing on our annual trip north to the US from Los Cabos, and wanted to do the Baja Norte wine country south of the Tecate border. Aside from the great fun we had touring through the rustic Valle de Guadalupe and its nascent inns and wineries, we had a spectacular meal at Laja.

Somehow we each decided to eat the eight course meal, and it took us about 3 hours. It was late on a hot afternoon, but we were cool inside the stone interior with some local Mexican vintners enjoying their meals. We started with an arugula salad and beet and fennel gazpacho - even I could get it down and I HATE beets. Bluefin tuna carpaccio sliced impossibly thin. Salsify ravioli, crunchy, creamy and chewy altogether. Then main courses of local sea bass and lamb, the tenderest I've ever eaten. Desserts were spectacular - a white-on-white panacotta with lychee ice cream and a fruit tart.

I was driving so didn't drink wine, instead having some home made exotic desert tea. My other drank all local delicious Valle de Guadalupe wines, and slept well on the ride across the border.

If you live anywhere in SoCal you should ignore the concerns about traveling in Mexico and hop across the border ASAP to enjoy the valley and this restaurant. The winery experience is similar to Amador County on the way up to Tahoe or maybe Livermore, each about 10-15 years ago. Delightful people and wineries, rustic but inspired lodging, and world-class dining like Laja. We're going again soon.

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1  Thank Chip B
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