La Sandia -Dine LA
Needed to go to CB2 (turns out most of the stuff resembles overpriced IKEA!), and decided to try out one of the new restaurants in SM Mall.
Space was nice...open courtyard, comfortable seating...felt like I was on vacation.
Unfortunately, the food didn't match the ambiance. We had six different dishes between the two of us...the best item was the cinammon ice cream. The other food all resembled El Torito Grill, and not as good...if you can believe that! At least there, the tortillas with orange butter are addictive. Here, they served lame tortilla chips with an unremarkable salsa.
Not sure how this Sandoval guy got his reputation or over a dozen restaurants across the country, at least based on this visit.
Even at only $16 pp, an easy pass...
I disagree with this. My recent meal at La Sandia was high quality and delish. The guacamole (ordered "hot") was legitimately and surprisingly spicy and full of flavor. One of the best renditions of guacamole I've ever had. The chipotle shrimp were big and fresh and had a yummy dry marinade. The accompany rice with cream and corn was surprisingly good. They also made a good mezcal margarita with a hint of chili pepper to give it kick.
Finally, real Mexican cuisine in LA. I look forward to going back.
I felt the same way about La Sandia. What's the big to do? A week after La Sandia, we had a much superior dinner at Monte Alban at 1/4 the price.
OTOH, his Zengo was surprisingly decent. The Latino-Asian fusion really seems to work.
All in all, not really happy with the restaurant offerings at the new SM Place. Maybe when the Market opens up next spring, there will be new offerings.
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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