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Mar 21, 2009 04:01 PM

Weekend Lunch at Mariscos Chente

the deluge that resulted from the LA Times article has appeared to moderate.

at lunch time today they were 3/4 full and the kitchen was zipping along.
fwiw my Pescado Zarandeado took about 20 minutes or so to arrive after ordering, the a la diabla came right away.

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  1. Went for lunch today. They had some incredible enormous langostine's split and grilled with a sauce that was the darker Worcestershire sauce based one with plenty of garlic and grilled onions. No rice with this one and we also got camarones ala diabla and camarones culichi. Way, way too much food and we left groaning with pleasure. Three huge plates of pristine, unbelievably fresh seafood (two of those with rice) and 4 Modelo especial's, chips and their picante green salsa and all the fresh tortillas we could eat was $57 plus tip.

    Okay, now it's nap time.

    13 Replies
    1. re: Servorg

      Oh damn... I *love* langostinos and the langostinos zarandeados at Mariscos Puerto Esperanza were the one dish I wish they had at Chente...

      Hey westsidegal... do you think they could deal with a group of 20 or so?

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        i ate dinner there tonight.
        they still had a supply of the langostinos.
        yes. they certainly can deal with large groups these days. it's not unusual for me to tool in there on a friday night with a group of 8 when there is already another group of 8 seated. the way i handle it is to have everything ordered as family style so that the dishes are brought out in waves rather than having sergio trying to coordinate having everything coming out at the same time.

        1. re: westsidegal

          i love it when you go during off hours sergio kicks it watching TV and then once you order your dish, he's back in the kitchen whipping up a dish made-to-order. every time i've gone i believe sergio was the only cook on duty,he may have an assistant (?) but he does all the actual cooking.

          the teuila shrimp dish was pretty darn good and pretty boozy or maye it was just the beers that went with it.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          I was there today and saw a party that was at least 16..not sure if they were friends of the restaurant or not. And yes, the food was yummy. Got the Diabla and the snook. I did find the chips to be too thick and greasy though.

          1. re: 1newyorkguy

            i'm thankful that they don't serve the thin non-greasy type of chip that i prefer because if they did i might fill up on chips before the fish had time to be cooked.

            you would probably like the chips at tlapazola.

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            p.s. if you're going to come in with 20 people i would call ahead and warn maria so that she can start setting up the table.
            310) 390-9241

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I've done groups of 20 there before.No problem.One time we just ordered a bunch of items and the other time it was a set of 6 courses.Give them enough warning so they can make sure to have what you need, and if you want langostinos, talk with Maria or Sergio.Find out if they might have any special items coming through like pata de mula or callo de hacha(raw scallops from el Mar de Cortez)At the last group dinner I was stuffed but he had botanas of callo de hacha and caracol(sea snail), and I couldn't resist. They were outstanding.

              1. re: streetgourmetla

                this is a seafood parlor of the highest order. or rather my camarones joint of choice. i kind of like the homey atmosphere now too, i'm not sure why i don't go there often enough.

                just be aware it's not exactly cheap but it's worth it, shrimp dish 12 bucks, beers 4 dollars each (they used to 3 each) so you're looking at at least 30 buck per for a couple beers and a shrimp dish.

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                hey das, on your rec, i just tried the orange habenero sauce laden langostinos at the esperanza joint in orange. yeah, it was pretty good, not a lot of good, but tasty as hell. now i'm a fan of grilled langostinos. i don't believe they have anything like that at chente. nor that lip smacking chipotle sauce.

                1. re: kevin

                  You can get langostinos at Chente's when they have 'em. Or, you can ask when they might get some in.They are incredible.

                  1. re: streetgourmetla

                    does it arrive with a killer orange chipotle sauce.

                    1. re: kevin

                      You can ask for langostinos al mojo de ajo, or zarandeado.The MPE langostinos are zarandeados, for which MC's marinade is better.Hit up Sergio and see if he can do it sometime soon.

                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I'm with you on wanting the langostinos from MPE at MC. I had the langostinos at MC earlier this week and they are sauced and not zarandeado. They indicated they are on the menu to stay. The langostinos at MC were larger and had slightly better meat texture than the ones I've had at MPE.