Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cilantro - Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

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Cilantro Gourmet Mexican Restaurant a fairly new restaurant in Madison, WI with a different Mexican flare.  What first attracted me was the name of course, Cilantro, a magnificent herb that can brighten up many dish with great aroma and flavor.  When I looked over their menu I was surprised that I didn't find much cilantro in many of their dishes though their unique gourmet Mexican dishes was enough for me to try.  

Cilantro's Tortas de Cangrejo (Crab Cake appetizer) - made with real sweet shredded crab meat serve over chipotle sauce.  The chipotle sauce was absolutely amazing! It was thick and creamy, sweet and spicy.  The crab cake is great on it's own due to the great crab flavor though the sauce enhances the flavors tremendously and infuses the spicy and sweet perfectly.

Cilantro's Pato al Tamarindo y Pasilla (grilled duck breast served in a tamarind pasilla sauce with sweet potatoes).  The quality of this duck breast is divine; plump, tender, and juicy.  Unfortunately, the tamarind pasilla sauce did not do any justice.  It actually took away the great flavor of the duck where we used the chipotle sauce instead.  At $21 a plate, this dish was overpriced with only 5 pieces of duck ruined by drowning the good qualtiy meat with the tamarind sauce.

Cilantro's Scallop Special.  Four perfectly cooked scallops served over chipotle sauce with julienne cut grilled vegetables.  It may not look it, but these scallops were ginormous.  What made it also great was the freshness of the scallops and the succulent flavor that came from it.  And of course, a bonus was that it was served over the sweet spicy chipotle sauce.  Delicious.

So don't expect tacos, burritos, etc.  Open your mind and mouth and try Cilantro - Mexican gourmet style.
7005 Tree Lane, Madison, WI

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