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La Mascota - great cantina in DF

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foodinspace Mar 17, 2011 07:11 AM

I was in Centro Historico the other day and popped in here not expecting much. It seemed like a decent place but I the menu was fairly middle of the road. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food! I had a piece of grilled fish a la diabla. I've had diabla sauce before and remember it being so heavy and creamy. In general, I find a lot of places in Mexico City just drench their meat in sauce. This was not so at La Mascota. The sauce was light and flavourful, allowing the taste of the grilled fish to shine through. I also tasted my wife's pasta in four cheese sauce. Again, places that don't put an effort into their food, whether in Mexico or elsewhere, just load on the sauce. As with the diabla, the four cheese sauce was certainly cheesy but not excessively so. If you're looking for a nice cantina downtown, you could do no wrong by stopping in here. The one I went to was in "Chinatown" on Dolores, though it appears there's another one on Meseros...I don't know if they're related.

  1. DiningDiva Mar 17, 2011 08:57 AM

    " I find a lot of places in Mexico City just drench their meat in sauce"

    Do you think that might be because with moles and pipianes the sauce is the star ingredient not the protein? With those 2 sauces the meat is just the vehicle, the sauce is the star of the show. I'm wondering if that mind-set on saucing might be carried over to other dishes whether the need to be generously sauced or not.

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      foodinspace Mar 18, 2011 06:49 AM

      True, true...I do understand with mole, etc. However, as a lactose intolerant I'm fairly sensitive to heavy, heavy, cream-based sauces, which is why I was happy with these diabla and cheese sauces. The meats were indeed drenched but the sauce that did the drenching wasn't so extremely heavy.

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