Even though we’d read the above review, I wanted us to find out for ourselves and hoped that a couple of weeks and perhaps a bit of feedback might have improved things at La Hacienda, sadly I was wrong. We arrived around 8pm on the Saturday night and were the only people there at first. Two other couples arrived while we were eating and I felt guilty about not telling them to run while they could, before they’d ordered so that they could avoid our fate.
The place says that it’s a Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar and certainly my margarita looked good …. and then I tasted it. Lime cordial instead of lime juice ….. it wasn’t good.
Then our starters: we got a portion of nachos and dips for two – and it was just like someone had opened a packet of tortilla chips on a plate and dished out a few portions of random poor quality supermarket dips. There was no texture to the guacamole and the dips included an awful synthetic cheese dip and what I would think is barbeque sauce (as well as a poor so called sour cream dip and a salsa). There was no chilli heat to any of them and no corriander.
My husband said his main course was ok. Again I can consider myself pre-warned. I ordered vegetarian fajitas which menu described as being stir-fried in SOY sauce (no, I’m not making that up) and served on a sizzling skillet , as you’d expect from fajitas. I asked for the soy sauce to be omitted in the cooking, unfortunately it wasn’t and there was no sizzle whatsoever to the skillet. By then I’d had enough of the bland food and asked for some Tabasco to give it a bit of taste and to try to disguise the soy sauce.
Staff weren’t friendly. The owner/manager asked whether we’d enjoyed our meal and when I told him what was wrong, he tried to blame it as a one-off ‘cos the main chef was on holiday. That doesn’t explain the soy-sauce on the menu. The waitress didn’t look like she was happy to be there, mispronounced what dishes she tried to say but also asked you to order them off the menu by number.
So, Mexican food cooked by people who’ve never been to Mexico? I think so, but I’m not 100% convinced that they’ve even been to a Mexican restaurant.