We came in on an unusual night, I think an event had just finished at PNE so they were unexpectedly swamped shortly after we were seated. It was also open mic night, and at first I was wondering why they were singing country music in a Mexican restaurant. There were people there who seemed like regulars, and they were enjoying the music. I found it way too loud and kind of jarring. But we were hungry and it was pretty late, so we decided to stay.
Fortunately, the food was excellent. We had salsa, fish tacos, soup, burritos, some skillet dishes and dessert. My favourite was the burritos. The kitchen had this habit of overly charring the food, I don’t know if it was intentional or a mistake, but I wasn’t crazy about the burnt flavour on the tortillas and on the edges of the chicken. But other than that, everything was delicious, fresh and well-prepared. It wasn't an inexpensive meal, but I thought it was good value for the quality of the food.
The servers were also excellent. Even though they seemed slammed by several large tables walking in, they never forgot about our table. They checked in regularly to make sure everything was ok, and were just generally great, efficient and professional. It might have just been our luck that one night to have such great servers and a wonderful hostess at the door, but after reading the other reviews here, it seems like their service is consistently excellent.
It was hard to see what the restaurant looked like because it was so dimly lit, it felt kind of old and worn down, but it was hard to tell. However, the food came out on great looking plates and everything was gorgeously presented. I think we’ll back on a night without the live music.