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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mexicana at Patron

Before catching a comedy show by John Pinette at The Centre, we stopped by for a quick bite at Patron nearby. I hadn't been before and was ready to get some Mexican goodness in my belly before laughing the night away. For those of you who don't know John Pinette, here is a clip of his from YouTube. To be honest, I don't eat a lot of Mexican food, the last meal was probably Cartel Taco.
Now I don't know if the decorations at the entry is due to Halloween, or if this is something they do year-round, but I thought this was pretty good for the atmosphere of the night.
First off, they serve you Salsa and Chips on the house. The chips are made in house as is the salsa, which was more of a wetter version. As you can see, there aren't a lot of chunks in there. I do prefer a heartier salsa, but this had a good taste even if the texture was lacking. Not hot enough for you, you can always add heat to this with some Habanero sauce.  
These are the Huaraches, which I've never had before. It is a corn dough bread topped with your choice of chorizo, poblano stew, beef of chicken. Each order comes with two, so we got one with chorizo and one with beef. It's then topped with some black beans, onion and sour cream, as well as some lettuce and lots of feta cheese. The beef was the better one here with a better texture than the slightly too-dry chorizo. These are filling so we only had about half of each. We were saving room for the next item from the Platos Fuertes section.
This is the Parrillada Patron. It comes with Arrachera Steak, Prime Rib, Garlic Prawns, Chorizo as well as lots of peppers, onions. The plate serves 2 and it's a lot of food. The prime rib was quite fatty as you can see from the picture above. I thought the arrachera steak (flank steak) was better and it was very tender. The prawns were surprisingly good and not overcooked at all. The fillings for the tortillas was perfect, not too wet or oily. 
You also get a platter of sauces, with as Pico de gallo, Sour cream, guacamole, salsa. I think the brown sauce in the above picture is a type of mole but I'm not 100% sure. 
These are the corn tortillas that come with the meal, but there were only 6 in the serving. With the amount of meat we had, we could probably have used another 6 tortillas. These were very fresh and I loved the presentation of it in the tortillas in a Mexican scarf. 
And as we were leaving, I noticed the Jack-o'-Lantern they had at the bar. Very neat, and you  can see the Habanero sauce I mentioned earlier too.

Take Note:

  • Items from the Platos Fuertes are good for sharing
  • Wide range of Tequila, available as shots
  • Limited wine selection. 

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