El Jardin at Liberty Station, San Diego
El Jardin is a beautiful restaurant in Liberty Station. The food is authentic, regional Mexican cuisine - so, no smothering every dish in melted Mo Jack cheese. We started with some great cocktails and then got started with the serious eats:
|Our salsas eaten with blue corn tortillas|
|There is a delicious plantain hiding under the excellent mole sauce|
We started with two appetizers. For main courses we had one entree and two of the sharing plates:
|Albondigas are a classic - meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.|
|Totopos (chips) in a rich mole|
|Fideos (pasta) is another Mexican classic comfort food|
The food was great! It is nice to see the rich and interesting moles of Oaxaca made prominent on a menu. I didn't think the totopos was a successful dish. The chips were too crisp to eat with a fork, yet too coated with sauce to eat with the fingers without making a mess. I think the dish is too one note and should have had fewer chips and more pickled onions and other vegetables.
|Our dessert was a take on the flavors of the mamey fruit|
|The outdoor patio|
The dessert menu was very interesting. We had an homage to the mamey fruit. It was a great dessert - flavorful and not overly sweet with a balance of creamy and cake textures.
We will definitely return! The cuisine is a welcome addition to San Diego Mexican restaurants, which rarely include much beside the expected tostadas, tacos and enchiladas.