Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Red Mesa - Quite the exquisite outing!


Red Mesa Restaurant on Urbanspoon


Our post-Freefall Theater ('Cabaret'!) dining choice brought Watson and myself to the Red Mesa Restaurant on 4th St. N. with Dr. Juan and Lady Cynthia in attendance after a wonderful night at the theatre.

In the schema of an upscale Mexican restaurant in contrast to a rudimentary 'burrito with rice and beans' ambiance, the casually appointed Red Mesa delivers quite the number of vibrant treatments on dishes of Pollo (Santa Fe Chicken Breast stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and gouda cheese), Mariscos y Pescados (Grouper Al Mojo y Ajo), Carne (Gorgonzola Stuffed Filet) and a delectable host of others; nothing about this restaurant is as one might expect from your typical Southwestern fare....I felt something was afoot! 

When I espied an entry categorized as 'Enchiladas' I was sure I had them! Yet when I read the very first entry - 'Duck Enchilada's' with Roasted Duck, red onions and peppers with a rasberry chipotle sauce.............I was quietly elated for their benefit (for far be it from me that I could yield so much as a hint that they had pulled one over my keen intellect!). This approach was simply outstanding! From the outset it appeared that they had every angle covered! Outstanding!

A pitcher of fresh Sangria, fresh guacamole, and a starter of Tuna Ceviche was soon followed by our carefully chosen entree selections (and as an aside there was seemingly zero delay in any order we placed and our server was a delightfully cheerful woman who was quick on the uptake).
TUNA CEVICHE

My choice of Southwest Tuna on Plantains which was simply the largest Tuna Steak I have ever had and done in such a delicious Southwest flair it left me speechless and satiated!
SOUTHWEST TUNA STEAK

Watson's Southwest Grilled Grouper over a chile verde sauce with tequila braised field greens nearly silenced my friend for the evening! (But THAT was not to be.............)
SOUTHWEST GRILLED GROUPER

Dr. Juans' Wild Mushroom Quesadilla with Vegetarian Black Bean Soup was perhaps the least adventurous choice on it's surface but as a Vegan this offering was very much appreciated and salivated over by our guest.

Yet it was the Chiles en Nogada of Lady Cynthia that stirred our thoughts most; a large chile relleno filled with roast pork, apricots, plantains, raisins, chipolte chile and garlic with a walnut cream sauce with Pomegranate seeds. 
CHILES EN NOGADA

By evenings end our little party was feeling like we had discovered a lovely jewel in the crown in all of Tampa Bay and one that we will most definitely look to frequent again! It even made us forget, at least temporarily, Lady Cynthia's wardrobe malfunction which she seemed to struggle with right from the start but that got progressively less obtrusive as the day (and alcohol) wore on.

We look forward to ur next gathering with our friends in such a wonderful ambiance of fine food and friends.

Now off on another adventure!