As we had to go around Union Square, we decided to have lunch at Dos Caminos in the Meat Packing District, a restaurant located in a flatiron shaped building.
The place was not that crowded, so I was real happy because the noise level was perfect. I like the decor there: spacious, elegant and warm. Fairly big for sure, they sat us in the upstairs dining room.
To start our lunch, we went for the guacamole, small size. I admit that I was expecting smaller and was surprised by the amount of tortilla chips it came with. Usually you have to ask for more, but not at Dos Caminos. It also came with three sauces from mild to hot. I liked the hot one, that, although quite spicy I could not stop going back to.
The guacamole was very good, well seasoned, although there was just a bit too much lemon in it. But I really liked it.
Then came the entrées. Jodi went for the tacos vegetales that is the vegetarian tacos, but asked it naked, that is without tortilla. It was composed of butternut squash, pinto beans, grilled avocado, salsa verde, quinoa tortillas. It was served with rice and beans.
It was good, but not as good as the entree I chose: 18 ingredients mole short ribs. It is one of their house specialties where the short ribs are roasted overnight. At first, although I was excited by the beautiful presentation, I was a bit surprised there was not that much mole and feared it would be dry. But I was wrong: this was simply succulent! The meat was tender and the mole delicious. It sat on a Mexican risotto that was so good: moist, smokey thanks to the bacon in it, I could have eaten more.
It was served with a flour tortilla.
For dessert, we decided to order their churros ice cream sandwich. Normally it is with a coffee ice cream, but we asked to swap with a tres leches scoop, swap that they graciously performed. That was divine: the crunchiness of the churros and the particular taste of this fried dough married perfectly with an ice cream with a delicate taste, the ensemble not being too sweet and heaven when dipped in chocolate.
This was a great meal that I did not expect. Dos Caminos is definitely on my list, although, considering the location, I might recommend lunch rather than dinner as far as the noise level and crowd is concerned.
Enjoy (I did)!
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