Since discovering this hidden gem on a late night jog one evening, my family and I have become regular customers. It's a very small restaurant, seating maybe a max of 14 people, and if you want to go on a weekend night, you'd better make a reservation. The restaurant appears to be staffed by two people only, the Chef (who is the proprietor) and his assistant, who multitasks as 2nd chef, drink maker and waiter. But even with such limited resources, the service is timely, friendly and competent. The decor of the restaurant is reminiscent of Oaxaca, Mexico and in fact the owner told us most of the art is actually Oaxacan.
But let's talk about the food. Simply said, it rocks! The menu is more Mexican than Tex-Mex, offering a variety of fresh made appetizers (our favorite so far is the Coctel de Mariscos, or Seafood Cocktail), and the main course offerings include numerous traditional Mexican dishes commonly found in Mexico City, such as a variety of authentic tacos -- we've tried the chicken, beef, and shrimp so far, they were all grrrreat! -- ensaladas and sopas. They even offer Pollo con Mole (I can't wait to try it!).
Since this joint is within 30 minutes walk of our house, we don't drive, which allows me to enjoy their alcoholic beverages too. So far, I've tried a Michelada (Corona, Worcestershire sauce and lime juice, yum!) and a frozen passion fruit margarita. Both were very tasty and had plenty of alcohol to get your buzz on.
The owner of El Comal is Japanese, but he is fluent in English, having lived in New Mexico for many years, where, as he told us, he learned about Mexican food and learned how to cook it so well.
All in all, this little cafe in Kawasaki, Japan has truly become one of my favorite Mexican food joints *anywhere*. And this is coming from a guy who lived his first 34 years in Texas and has spent many many months working in Mexico City.
¡Viva El Comal!
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