My girlfriend and I just came here tonight after decided attempts to try Mexican-style.
It was busy but not a full house. We scampered in and stood for a minute or so before someone finally asked us if we needed to be seated. Several servers had already walked by us at that point. It was nice they were able to let us choose a more desirable 4 seater table over a cramped 2 seater.
The decor is interesting. There was Hawaiian influence with the tiki-styled bar it mostly resembled a mix of various canteens. The seemingly mandatory dim lighting and loud music in restaurants these days set of the ambience for the night. The slippery floor was rather unflattering, but not as much as the paper on the front door warning dining patrons to beware of it.
Menus were already on the table so we sifted through the drinks menu. Both of us decided on the Rosehip and Hibiscus Ice Tea, her's sweetened and mine not. We had another server wait on us and she took our drinks. By the time our drinks came we were almost ready to order, but she disappeared and didn't bother to check up. We waited a good 10-15 minutes before she finally came back to ask if we were ready to order. We started with the Guacamole Classico, which was guacamole and black bean dip with tortilla chips. My companion ordered the Guacho Steak (flat iron steak with corn, mashed potatoes, and onion rings) and I the Enchiladas with rice and organic greens.
My companion's entree was generously portioned but wrought with inconsistency. The steak was ordered medium but was clearly done medium rare. The steak knife provided was inadequate to cut through the fibers like butter but she managed anyways. After wrangling a piece on the fork it was tasty. The mashed potatoes were nicely done and I quite liked the roughed mash which I don't see too often anymore. The corn and grilled peppers were on par however the onion rings were mostly garnish. They used red onions and a buttermilk batter but was cooked poorly with some parts uncooked but mostly an oily mess.
My entree was rather disappointing. The enchiladas had a nice filling of various cheeses, eggplant, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes. It was fresh tasting but they were very meager in size. The rice and organic greens were very ordinary, the rice was Greek style while the few leaves of greens were soaked with vinagrette.
Both of us really liked the tortilla chips from our appetizer. The chips came in a heaping mound over a basket and were made to order. They were crispy, light and was a little thicker than other tortilla chips and was delicately seasoned with salt and pepper. It was disappointing the guacamole was bland as was the black bean dip. Welcoming size and good to share between 4 people easily.
The other highlight was the Rosehip and Hibiscus Ice Tea. The parasol stuck to a wedge of lemon on the rim was cheeky but was refreshing to start. The difference between the unsweetened and sweetened variety was negligible.
Service is slow and too casual (like many other Commercial Dr. eateries). The vibe I got from a couple of the servers (including ours) left me thinking they felt forcibly confined and seemed to lack some interaction skills with patrons. Considering the small space we felt invisible from entering to leaving. Not a welcome or goodbye.
Prices are a little steep in my opinion since I'm not too sure what I'm paying for. I won't mind coming back and checking out some of the other menu items but alas I would've liked a good first impression.