Mariscos Chente--tried 3 dishes ALL winners
- westsidegal Jan 14, 2009 06:08 PM
ok, the odds are agains this for any restaurant, but this place is amazing me.
first i tried camarones a la pimiento, and they were wonderful
then i tried camarones a la diabla, and nearly passed out with pleasure.
tonight i tried camarones checa, and i'm wowed again.
maybe i should just pay rent and take up residence in this place?
when you order be sure to ask for a spoon too so that you will be able to consume every drop of their delicious sauces.
these were all cooked dishes of shrimp in the shell served with different sauces.
the sauces were not at all like each other.
all the sauces had tremendous flavor and complexity and balance.
non of the sauces were tomatoey, next time i'm going to try the ranchera which does contain tomatos
the name of the game here is: it's all about the sauce(s).
if you like moderately spicy things start with the a la diabla. . .
fwiw, there is NO tomato in the a la diabla served at mariscos chente, i asked tonight when i was there.
i will report on the ranchera (which does contain tomato) when i can tear myself away from the checo and from the a la diabla.
d'ya think i'm getting a little obsessed with the food at this place?
Okay, this is seriously great food. First of all the two shrimp dishes we tried yesterday were both over the top great (camarones a la pimiento & camarones culichi). Sauces which make the most addictive drugs in the world look like decafe on the scale of needing more after the first taste. The rice served with the shrimp is also quite good. Buttery, cooked beautifully. Your comment about needing a spoon was one I was thinking about before I took my fork and just started mixing the rice into the sauce and then into my mouth. Nirvana.
Secondly, the prices are dirt cheap. For chips and a very spicy green salsa and a basket of warm corn tortillas and two plates with heaps of shrimp, rice and sliced cucumbers + one Modelo Especial and one bottle of water the tab came to $26 + tip.
Going back SOON for the checa.
The prices are PHENOMINAL for the quality... I mean, I once ordered a mediorce campechana from a MARISCOS truck that was a similar price to what Chente is charging for theirs...
I have to add two more dishes...
Loved the Camarones Fritos, just a simple dish, of perfectly fried shrimp in their shell (Not breaded). The saltiness of this dish really complimented the sweetness of their fresh shrimp.
And their Coctel de Camarones y Pulpo... As an Octopus fan, I was in heaven... I can't tell you how many times I've paid over TWICE the amount this dish was and gotten rubbery flavorless/fishy octopus... Shrimp can be tricky... but not that hard... but Octopus... that takes true skill which only speaks to the quality and the amount of effort they put into this place to get it right.
Thank you SGLA for making me come back here... We are truly greatful...
This place really rocks.
I went for lunch and the ceviche mixto and Fish "Chicharron" were just spectacular.
I wish I couuld properly explain the sauce on the pan fried fish chunks...deep red with a yellow-orange powder sprinkled over. If anyone know please tell me.
Did I say YUMMY?????