Dad invited me out to eat tonight and I wanted to try something that we haven’t been to yet, I used Foursquare and saw TRÉS Taqueria y Cantina listed and saw it was a tapas restaurant. It had been years since I have had tapas and decided on this place.
I told dad about this place and he said lets go ahead and try it. On the way here I explained to him what tapas are and that it is a Latin restaurant and not Mexican. We found a parking spot and walked in to be immediately greeted by our server. I looked at the menu and the menu on the the table card and asked about the tapas. The waiter said that they no longer sell tapas and I was disappointed in that. I haven’t had tapas in years and my dad was curious about them, so that will have to be another day.
The waiter brought out some chips and queso for us to eat on as we looked at our menu. Dad ordered a beer and I ordered a side of guacamole. The chips were lightly salted and a little on the thin side. I ended up having to use a knife to scoop the thick guacamole onto the chips. They broke anytime I tried to scoop the guacamole on the chip using the chip. Dad thought the queso was ok, but it was really thick. It was cooled down enough to be pasty by the time it hit the table and thickened even more as it cooled in the soup cup.
The guacamole was good. It had a layer of hot sauce poured on top, and had chunks of avocados, tomatoes, red onions, and spices mixed throughout. I know that there are some purists out there who prefer their guacamole to be just the creamy avocados, lime juice, salt, and that is it, but I can take it both ways as long as it isn’t mixed with sour cream or any other dairy ingredient. I liked the spiciness of it and the addition of the hot sauce. It tasted a lot like how I have made my guacamole in the past, except I just used cayenne pepper in it.
The menu had a few familiar items on it, but they were different than what you would get at the typical Mexican restaurants in town. Norman, heck Oklahoma City has a ton of Mexican restaurants and for the most part if you have eaten at one you have eaten at all of them. This one claiming to be Latin American makes it stand out from other places.
Dad got the Green chile stew beef burrito. He really liked it. He thought it was different that he had stew wrapped in a burrito, and thought everything was cooked well. He thought the beef and potatoes was cooked just right and it looked like the beef was chunks of roast beef stew meat just like the description of the burrito. He liked the spiciness of it and remarked that it was a different type of spice.
I got the vegan enchiladas. The enchiladas were served flat, not rolled, and had red and green chilli sauces on top and had a filling that included chickpeas, tomatoes, beans, and other ingredients. I also put the spinach, corn, and salsa garnish and some of my guacamole on top. The enchiladas were spicy, but not overly spicy and I didn’t taste any vinegar in the sauces.
Both our entrees included black rice, and cannellini beans.the black rice was a mix of asian black rice, jasmine rice, and corn. The rice was different but good. It was slightly crunchy but not like dried out rice is crunchy. The different types of rice and starches made them stick together in small clumps. The beans were lightly spiced with a hint of cumin. They were perfectly cooked and didn’t have that potato starchiness inside that happens when you cook them wrong. Our dishes did not seem to be greasy or oily at all, which seems to happen in some Mexican restaurants.
The waiter was pleasant and helpful and answered the questions we had. He made sure our order was right and was apologetic when I asked about the tapas. I did notice about half way through our meal the background music got substantially louder. It was hard for me to hear my dad talk the music was so loud. It was fine before, I am not sure why they decided to increase the volume.
Overall I liked this place. It is owned by the people who also own(ed) the Pink Elephant which I did not know when choosing this place. I was disappointed that they took the tapas off the menu, but the food was pretty good and they are very vegan friendly. The food wasn’t the typical Mexican fare and used. I think that we will be back again soon.