Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mis Trucos

We had bought a coupon online for a six course tasting menu at Mis Trucos, and, as tends to happen with these things, forgot about it until about a week before it was due to expire.  After we realized this, we quickly made reservations for a Wednesday night, and headed over. 

The restaurant was quite small with very limited seating, and while there were only a few people there when we arrived, it filled up quickly.  The decor is nice and homey - so much so that it almost feels like you're dining in someone's living room.

The six course menu was a set one, so we didn't have any choice as to what we were served.  Our first course was a gazpacho with prawn and avocado.  The broth had a nice spicy kick to it and the avocado complemented it nicely.  I wasn't a big fan of the prawn, but Mangabunny liked it.

Gazpacho with Prawn and Avocado

Our second course was a slow cooked egg with grilled peppers and serrano ham.  This was probably my favourite dish of the night.  The egg was cooked perfectly, and the nuttiness of the Parmesan with the sweetness of the peppers and the saltiness of the ham all meshed together perfectly.

Slow Cooked Egg with Grilled Peppers and Onions, Serrano Ham, and Parmesan Cheese

After we finished our second course, our plates were taken away and we waited...and waited...and waited.  Finally, 40 minutes later, our third course came - a pea risotto.  The rice was slightly undercooked, but the flavours were nice, especially the squash compote.  That being said, it was certainly not worth the ridiculous wait we had in between courses.  I had heard before going that the service here was slow, but this was worse than I had expected.
Pea Risotto Topped With
Amaretto Squash Compote 

Our fourth course showed up, again, after a bit of a wait.  It was a single scallop with a chick pea and feta salad.  The scallop was cooked well, but the salad didn't do much, and the portion size for this was much too small, even for a six course meal.  Add to that the long wait times in between courses, and we were quite hungry at this point, so being able to eat this entire plate in three or four bites was disappointing.

Seared Scallop with Chick Pea and
Feta Salad 

Our fifth course was a sous-vide chicken with a quinoa and apricot salad.  Sous-vide is the technique of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath and I'd never eaten food prepared this way before.  The result was a very tender piece of chicken, but again too small of a portion.  The garlic jus was nice, as was the quinoa, but we were left hungry once again.

Sous-Vide Chicken with Quinoa Apricot Salad,
Almond Carrot Purée and Garlic Jus 

Our final course was a dark chocolate mousse with caramel hazelnut cream.  This was good, but nothing special.

Dark Chocolate Mousse with
Caramel Hazelnut Cream

Overall Impressions: While the food was quite good, the service and wait time between courses were unforgivable.  As well, the portion sizes left much to be desired.  I get that each dish should be reduced in size because there were six of them, but these were far too small.  In fact, after we had finished our meal here, we went to White Spot and split a burger and chicken strips because we were still starving!  If you're going to check Mis Trucos out, make sure you're not in a hurry, because you're going to be there for quite awhile.

Mis Trucos
1141 Davie St
Vancouver, BC
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