Four of us went on a Thursday evening and the food was excellent. We started with margaritas which were very well made. A plate of chips was put on the table (why a little plate instead of a basket?) and when we inhaled the chips at once, they brought out two more little plates. It just seemed a bit odd to serve the chips on a little plate, a bit too pretentious in my opinion and an effort to live up to the “Gourmet” appended to the name of their restaurant. A little plate does not make it gourmet. The accompanying g sauce was wonderful.
We shared a $14 appetizer which consisted of two little tacos, two little empanadas and one (yes, one) little tamale . They were all quite tasty, but so terribly small for the price. The restaurant really needs to increase size of these items if they are going to continue to charge the high price. The 4 of us barely had a tiny bite of each item.
The server/manager, Sal, was extraordinarily attentive and very personable, with jokes abounding. He’s one reason alone to go to La Serenata.
Two of us had boneless chicken breast and another had boneless chicken breast Yucatan style. The Yucatan sauce was delicious and the size of the chicken on all plates was very ample. The chicken could have been more moist, but we all ate everything. The accompanying rice was excellent (although the precisely measured scoop that they use to plate the rice renders a sort of sterile presentation). The sweet potato fries were too thin and had little taste. The little dish of black beans that accompanies is outstanding.
Another member of our party had a shrimp dish which was very good. The amount and size of the shrimp was good value and very filling, along with wonderful flavor nuances.
For dessert we shared their bread pudding and a piece of tres leches cake. Our favorite was the bread pudding, served warm with caramel vanilla ice cream. It was highly flavorful and quite delicious. The tres leches was beautifully presented, but was a disappointment because the cake texture was sort of dry where the tres leches creams had not penetrated. I think they need to concentrate on a better cake batter – the tres leches creams were excellent, however, and a better cake batter might produce the “mouth” feel that is typical of an authentic tres leches cake.
Overall it was an excellent experience, considering service, ambiance and general quality of the food.
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