Delfine Report - 24th and Folsom
Five of us had a lovely dinner at Dolfin last night in the Mission, I don't see any other posts about it so I thought I'd write a little report. It was around 7:30 when we got there, only a few other patrons on a Monday before thanksgiving. Very pleasant room with a very friendly waitress who brought us a comped plate of cerviche with avocado for the table to share, little bowls to share the cerviche, little bowls to taste the soup a friend had ordered (at her request), an extra salad for a friend who was sharing a dish with another friend, and a friendly professionalism which made us feel attended to while avoiding the awkwardness that can come with a quiet night.
Salsa - average cooked tomato salsa, great house made chips
Cerviche - Very tasty and fresh
Salads - came with all of our dinners, mixed greens with tomatoes and several dressing choices served separately, served before the mains.
Caldo de pollo - incredible! Rich broth chock full of veggies and stewed chicken, served with cilantro and mint, the mint was a particularly nice touch.
Camarones con chile de arbol - Good portion of large prawns partially butterflied and cooked in a great creamy sauce with parsley, garlic, and dried chiles, served with fluffy spanish rice and partially mashed refried beans (much more like the refried beans I ate in Michoacan than what is usually served in the US), good corn tortillas heated over a flame to get those nice charred spots
Camarones con chipotle - didn't get to try it
2 orders of enchiladas con mole - Great mole, very complex! They also have green mole which we didn't try.
All of this plus 6 beers only set us back 75$ after tax and tip. We had such a great time, we'll be back.
They described the mole as red mole, but was more similar to what is usually called mole in lesser mexican places than to a red enchilada sauce if that makes sense. I wouldn't necessarily call it Michoaqueno, at least it wasn't highland Michoaqueno, it is certainly coastal and I would say southern mexican. My regional mexican culinary knowledge is failing me here, the beans mostly reminded me of the beans my Michoaqueno host mother served each morning for breakfast particularly when I ate them with the lightly charrred tortillas. Aluding more to their authenticity than to any particular regional style. Give a try and let me know what you think.
Thank you so much for this tip! We checked this place out over the weekend. El Delfin is AWESOME. This is definitely my new go-to spot for authentic sit-down Mexican, especially for out-of-towners. Great, friendly service and cool murals on all the walls.
Here's what we had:
- Great housemade chips and guacamole among the best I've had (free chips, guac was $3)
- small cocktel de camarones, with saltines ($4)
- Tostada de ceviche ($3)
- Large Caldo de Pollo ($6.50)
- Snapper a la Veracruzana ($9)
- 1 Carta Blanca, 1 Bohemia ($3 each)
Total: $37 before tip.
ALL the seafood was fresh and very well prepared. The snapper was pronounced "the best $9 fish entree I've ever had." Guac was delicious, filled with fresh chopped cilantro. Cocktel de camarones was also great, and we were glad we only got a small, because it was served in a sundae glass and was more than enough. Ceviche was also perfect - not too acidic, fresh fish, very tasty.Caldo de pollo was delicious too, included fresh veggies, chayote, and rich housemade stock.
We tried to get the mole but it wasn't ready yet (they were still laboriously working on it in the kitchen). Beans and rice that came with entrees were also very good versions. This place clearly takes care to make their offerings particularly good, not forgettable like most other sit-down mexican in the bay area (I'll probably never recover from Tia Margarita).
This place is a real gem!
ok, I am convinced and will try it soon. can someone tell me though: is it that much of a seafood emphasis, or is that just what you all happened to order? I am guessing given the name that much of it is seafood, which means a lot of it may be on my avoid list...so I'd particularly appreciate any hints for good stuff that isn't fish! (will check out the Caldo de Pollo and the mole, though unlike every other CH in the universe, I am not a huge mole fan....)
thanks for the great reports!
Thanks, China, for giving me a reason to finally try this place. Passed by it so many times but having struck out with a lot of the restaurants on 24th, I started playing it safe and going to the tried and true. I LOVE this place! The portions are big, the food has soul, and the waitress was genuinely kind and warm.