The saying goes…”beauty is only skin deep”
…and in this instance, I will say Temazcal Tequila Cantina confirms it.
Having slowly watched the development of Boston’s Seaport, one couldn’t be a bit surprised how beautiful and built up the new “restaurant row” has become. Out of mere curiousity and a being a big fan of Mexican cuisine, we chose to try this flashy new eatery.
We arrived around 6:30 and luckily only had a 30 minute wait (no reservations can be made), though within seconds the next few people to arrive were told the wait was +1.5 hours…they certainly have a constant flow of customers.
We decided to roll up to the bar area and grab a cocktail, where we soon found out that with their IPAD menu system, you couldn’t see a menu, unless you were sitting at the bar (doesn’t seem to well thought out if you ask me). That being said, my wife ordered a simple margarita and I a cerveza…both good, though her beverage didn’t blow her away.
We finally got the buzz that our table was ready and really lucked out, grabbing a very scenic table right on the waterfront, watching the boats come in and enjoying the ocean air.
We began the meal with their Guacamole Langosta (Guac w/ Lobster) $16
Very good – How can you really go wrong with avocado and lobster claws and tail meat? You can’t.
On to the entree round:
My wife ordered the Filete Relleno de Salpicon $24
Fresh Cod filled with shrimp & crab, cilantro, watercress-lime aioli
It wasn’t too bad, but nothing amazing. The highlight was the stuffing of shrimp and crab bits with the aioli to dip it in. The cod was cooked alright, but just a ho-hum type dish with very little flare. It wasn’t one of those dishes (and by the description, it should have been) that you can’t put the fork down. I would argue that going to Shaw’s Market and getting their stuffed Haddock would be a much better option.
I ordered the Dorado Mojo de Ajo $22
Grilled mahi mahi with roasted garlic sauce, chile de arbol, and a plaintain mash.
The fish was cooked perfectly, a nice crispy outside without overcooking the fish. What killed the dish was a ridiculous amount of lime taste that covered it, almost just overpowering. Certain bites were very nice, but it was too much russian roulette with my jaw, guessing which bite would make me pucker and which I could swallow with ease. The “plaintain mash” tasted much more like refried black beans, which I am pretty sure was…
Beverages were delightful, though pricey. We were bit more daring and tried a few of their signature cocktails. They didn’t hesitate to use the booze, and I will say they were very nicely done. Total tab for the 4 drinks (2pp) $48 – a bit too high for me..
Total Damage for the two of us (1 app, 2 entrees, 4 drinks): $110 exluding tax & tip
Takeaways for me:
#1 The manager from Masa (South End) is now the manager here – sad to see him leave Masa (way better than this place), but great steal for Temazcal.
#2 Great bartender from McCormick & Schmidt (spelling butchered) is now working for Temazcal
#3 IPAD system is silly. If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it… give me back my paper menu