A week or so ago, Dondayinsma (see his blog in the blog roll to the right side) reviewed Firenze.
A good friend had suggested we have lunch to discuss the world and other assorted items of interest.
Initially he suggested another restaurant but then emailed back and suggested Firenze. We had both read
Don Day's review. Each of us was intrigued and ready to try out the new location.
About a year ago, I had dined at the other location that Firenze had operated from near the Col. San Antonio church in the former Jackie's location. Notice I say dined. It was not an eating evening. The food was too good to say that. It was definitely a dining experience, which is an infrequent occurrence for me
here in San Miguel.
I had oohed and aahed about the ravioli with sage butter sauce along with the rest of the meal.
Therefore, with great anticipation, I arrived before the restaurant even opened at 1PM on Thursday.
With a pleasant outdoor dining space, it was fine to sit and watch the street traffic until my friend arrived.
Then we entered the restaurant.
But before that happened, two unknown women had arrived about the time I did. The first woman was a real character. When the owner told her what the prix fixe menu was, she told him she couldn't eat this and couldn't eat that. Could she have her caesar salad without croutons as she could not have bread. (The irony is that I saw this same woman eating a croissant on the park bench in the jardin not thirty minutes prior to this!) Then he told them one of the entrees was grouper and he only had two servings left to offer. The irritating woman wanted only that and the caesar salad without croutons. He gently explained that he would have to charge her the prix fixe price even though she didn't want the dessert. She agreed. So the two of them ordered the grouper. I had not uttered a word, but in my heart, was disappointed. Grouper has been a favorite of mine since the first time I ate it in Cozumel.
After I discovered grouper in Cozumel, I came home to Houston and searched out the restaurants that served it. Only a few back in the 80's. Not the case today.
Then the women decided they wanted to move inside to eat, next to us as we were in the main dining room.
One of the women said there was a smell and she couldn't eat in this room or outside.........and they left.
Of course when Anthony came to tell us the entrees, I asked for the grouper, with a big smile and an impish grin. My friend ordered the same. We also ordered the roasted cauliflower soup with truffle oil.
AND a bottle of delicious merlot. Fresh, crusty bread was brought while we waited for our soup.
No, I didn't feel a thing. No I wasn't incapacitated. I was just lulled into quiet bliss. The food, the wine, the delightful conversation with my companion who has, in the past, been a world traveler along with an intriguing career.
We had our grouper served on top of a tiny serving of mashed potatoes and diced vegetables. Each morsel was savored. Then came the desserts. Miniscule, because we had selected the prix fixe, my friend had the panne cotta. I, of course, had the dollop of molten chocolate cake. One bite - just enough. It didn't even occur to me that I had not photographed the other soup, the entree or the dessert~~
Even though our portions were smaller then normal, neither of us felt as though we had not had enough food.
We were satiated. The prix fixe price is 150 pesos for three courses With the current exchange rate that is about $10.50USD!
The service, of course, was superb. Between Anthony and Carlos, the head waiter, nothing was left to chance. There were six other diners for lunch that day! A goodly number since they have not been open that long. Anthony did mention that they had been very busy the previous evening.
The restaurant is tiny. If I remember correctly, inside in the dining room is seating for 12 or 14 guests.
I don't remember what the seating capacity is outside.
When we left the restaurant two hours later, the sun was shining, the world was still functioning and I, for sure, was very relaxed from a delicious dining experience and a good merlot wine.
Firenze is located at Recreo 13 near Solutions and closer to Hospicio, then Correo. There is not a sign on the building as yet........BUT if you look in you'll see table set up in a courtyard. That's it.
Maybe, just maybe, next time I'll remember to photograph the courses.......