Now, normally I would not be drawn to restaurants of this style and class. But I put my peculiar preferences aside and determined to enjoy it.
I rode with Mark and Nancy and our conversation was enjoyable and interesting. Among various topics, we discussed the road navigation app, “WAZE”, which was running on Mark’s phone. I turned mine on and we had some laughs at the two, overlapping female Spanish WAZE voices.
We arrived at the hotel parking lot entrance after a Waze-guided tour of some of Uruapan’s older, quainter neighborhoods. The dominant feature of the internal parking at the hotel is the imposing entrance ramp, which ascends maybe 2 stories into the interior.
Elevators or stairs descend from the parking floor to the restaurant level. The ample foyer is enhanced by very nicely displayed Michoacán artesanías.
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|A table very much like ours. It IS ours.|
|Plátanos flambé table side|
Sra. Cuevas and I both had a mezcal de Etúcaro for openers. Then we both ordered a warm salad of calabacitas plus a little nopal. This was a nice, subtly dressed dish and the pyramid of calabacitas slices were cooked al dente. I had chosen it in anticipation of richly sauced main dishes to follow.
It was challenging to select from the extensive menu, but both Sra. Cuevas and I decided on fish. She had a simple fillet of salmon with an attractive side of ratatouille; I chose the new-to-me “Posta de Robalo de las Hierbas Antiguas.” That was accompanied by a pair of tasty breaded fried “sandwiches” of tomato and cheese. My fish seemed odd to me. Not spoiled, but somewhat odd in taste, and parts had a cartilaginous texture. I didn't finish it. As it turned out, neither had rich sauces.
|Robalo con hierbas|
Shirley and Georgia both enjoyed a chicken fillet dish in a rich mushroom gravy.
Others had dishes I couldn’t identify, due to the difficulty of talking across the table.
I had tiramisú for dessert, which was o.k. and small enough not to be excessive. The café Americano was average.
Here are a couple of desserts.
|White and dark chocolate on mint sauce|
|Tiramisú on cappuccino sauce.|
In conclusion, I would go there again, and probably would have a beef dish. But I’m in no hurry. It’s kind of far to go for a meal, no matter how good.
La cuenta for just the two of us was $980 pesos, which I thought reasonable. We had two mezcals and a glass of white wine to enhance our meal.
Ambience: Post-Purhépecha decor; somewhat stately style
Cost: (per person, in pesos) -$500
Web site: hotelplazauruapan.com.mx
From the website:
RESTAURANT "LAS CAMELINAS"Tel: +52 452 523 3488