We visited Laja on a cool Saturday night in mid March.
A few days prior, I had emailed a reservation request for two adults, but no reply, so I called and left a voicemail a day before our arrival. As it turned out, we were only one of five tables dining, so a reservation was not necessary.
We arranged transportation from/to our hotel as we planned to enjoy wine with our meal.
We arrived in the gravel parking lot and made our way to the front door. We were greeted and sat by our waiter. Shortly thereafter, we were provided a piece of paper, folded twice, sealed with a small round gold sticker, containing the menu for the evening. Choice: Six courses $895 pesos, $1300 pesos ($103USD) with wine. We chose the 'with wine'.
There were two tables of families with small children, the rest of the tables contained adults.
Each course was between 2-3 small bites of food. The oysters with Chinese cabbage were tender, the garden salad tasted elegantly organic, the grouper was my favorite – pan roasted, the lamb was a little tough but the puree was delicious, I could not taste the carrots in the carrot cake- just sugar and butter, and the chocolate (similar to brownie) with espresso ice cream was lovely. The bread was very fresh. We were each provided 4 glasses of wine – the pours were generous. I'm assuming our waiter did knew very little English, because he was hesistant to speak and when he would pour a new wine he would almost run away, the first two times we stopped him to ask what we were drinking and he would just show us the bottle.
A visit from the host or the chef would have been a nice touch, the experience was impersonal. Other tables were invited downstairs to check out what we assumed was a cellar - our table and the table with another American couple were never invited.
The room is on the cooler side, so be sure to dress warm in the evenings or in the winter.
I left intoxicated and a little hungry (my husband was very hungry) – thank goodness we had arranged transportation.
Perhaps my expectations were elevated from what I’ve heard over the years and what I read in the reviews.
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