La Hacienda de San Angel

Dinner plans for this evening included my first meeting with another DIS board member, Niki Andiokno, and her husband. Technically we had run into each other at the Festival Center two days earlier while I was in line for the Carla Hall demo. But Niki was on her way to a wine demo when she spotted me in line so we only had time for a quick hello then so I don’t really count that as our first meeting. Anyway, Niki had graciously invited me to join her and her husband for dinner on this night at Epcot’s…

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I arrived early for our reservation so found a seat by the entrance to the restaurant and did some people watching while I waited for Niki and her husband. Once they arrived and checked in, it wasn’t long before we were seated. Unfortunately we didn’t get a table by the window, but it wasn’t a big deal since I don’t believe they were planning to stay for Illuminations anyway.

We were presented with this menu…

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But first things first, which was a round of margaritas for the table.

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I believe that Niki and her husband both chose a Classic margarita, but as for me, I had to ask if they might have my beloved Avocado margarita even though it was not listed on the menu. The last time I had dined at La Hacienda (March 2013) the Avocado margarita was on the menu here so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask. Our server said they could in fact make me an Avocado margarita so I was a happy camper…well, until this was presented to me. :worried:

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Avocado Margarita with El Mayor premium silver Tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

This was mostly ice and had very little flavor or alcohol, as far as I could tell. I probably would have sent it back had I not been dining with people that I had just met. I didn’t want to start our first meal together on a negative note so I just kept still. I have to admit though that this was the second time that this happened to me at La Hacienda. When I ordered the Avocado margarita during my March 2013 dinner here it was exactly the same, mostly ice. I chalked it up to a fluke though, figuring the bartender was having a bad night or something. Well, you know that saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” So there will not be a third time. I’ll just have to stick to La Cava or San Angel Inn (which comes from La Cava) for my Avocado margarita fix from now on. ;)

Anyway, they brought the complimentary chips and salsa to our table to munch on while we sipped on our drinks and waited for the entrees to arrive…

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For some reason, I don’t recall if I had any of these so I can’t really comment as to how they were.

Soon our entrees arrived. Niki and her husband shared the very impressive looking Seafood Platter… (sorry for the blurry pic)

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Del Mar – Mixed grill offering Shrimp, Fish, Scallops and Vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsas

They had ordered this before and loved it and they seemed to enjoy it again this time.

As for me, I too went with an entree that I had enjoyed here previously…

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Pescado de la Talla – Grilled Tilapia served with esquites (roasted corn), nopales (cactus leaves), and mango chutney

This was again very good. The tilapia was cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the roasted corn and the grilled veggies (especially the zucchini) that accompanied my fish.

Niki and her husband were too full and I had something else in mind from elsewhere so we all passed on dessert but here is a photo of the Dessert section of their menu…

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Not too much to choose from here. I’ve had the apple empanada before, which is actually what I would call an apple turnover, and it’s ok. But as I said previously, I had something much better in mind. ;) However, with good food (except for my margarita) and great company, this dinner was exactly what I needed to cheer me up after receiving the bad news about Linda. When I left Niki and her husband that night I was very happy that I had already made plans to have two more meals with them during the second week of my trip.

 

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