We were looking forward to our recent dining experience at Coyote Café, as we have heard good things about their food. We had a warm welcome and were quickly seated. That, however, was not so pleasant. The table was way too small for such an upscale restaurant. We requested a larger table by the window and were told that those were booked. Perhaps they were booked, but they were still empty when our dinner was completed.
Anyway, our excellent server, Parris, was quickly over to take our refreshment orders. They were well-made although I find that martinis in small Shirley Temple glassware do not reflect well on a restaurant. Well, enough on atmosphere, now let’s get to the cuisine, which was outstanding.
We both had the Futomaki Caesar as our starter. It was an original presentation and taste. They were wrapped, in what I think was Japanese rice paper and were placed vertical on the plate. When cut through, the romaine with Reggiano Parmesan and warm Polenta croutons exploded on to the plate. One order is easily enough for two persons. It was very enjoyable.
For our entrée, we each selected their signature Mesquite Grilled Main Lobster Tails. They were pre-loosened from the shells and were stacked on a beautiful base of Pappardelle, Organic Spring Onions, Cabbage and Spicy Chile. They were excellent.
They have a nice selection of wines by the glass and were reasonably priced. Should we return to Coyote Café on our next visit, we would request seating at either the bar or in front of the open kitchen, where there appeared to be more room.