We went to the Quinta Real Aguascalientes on a Thursday night to celebrate my parents' 55th anniversary. What a beautiful setting! For most of the evening we were one of only two tables being served and being served very well.
We live in Mexico and I have learned that I should first ask how much the traditional margarita costs before ordering. I neglected to do that and we were fairly shocked to find it on the bill for 175 pesos (when normally I wouldn't order it if it is more than 70) - but that was my fault.
The wine list seemed good, but only one reasonably priced red and white to choose from (I consider 'reasonable' about $25-30/bottle).
We chose two appetizers to share between four of us. The ceviche and arrachera in a lava bowl. Both OUTSTANDING. I was quite excited to experience the main dish.
My mom ordered duck - she said it tasted nice but we had to get a steak knife to even start to cut it - most of it got left behind as it was uneatable. She said the mashed potato/sweet potato garnish was delicious.
My dad ordered red snapper - he enjoyed it.
My husband ordered sea bass - he said the flavour was OK, but the fish was overcooked and dried out.
I ordered the tequila shrimp - the 4 shrimp were cooked to a perfect texture but there was no flavour to speak of.
It seemed they tried to drown everything in too much tasteless sauce.
So, for a $250+ dinner: The atmosphere was more than worth it, the wine was worth it, the service was worth it and the appetizers were worth it - The main dish (which is most important and the most expensive) and the margaritas were a HUGE disappointment.
We enjoyed the evening, but the 55th anniversary celebration was not as successful as I would have liked it to be.
If we go again we will go only for a treat and have the appetizers and a glass of wine.
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