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Mexico city, Mexico
April 25, 2005
This is an amazing place. They have hanged cocoon lamps from the trees and some of the roofs around the garden, creating a very relaxing (and romantic) atmosphere. You dine in the middle of a great garden with fountains, waterfalls, trees, etc., and you don't feel confined to a room or notice that there are hundreds of other persons dining at the same time. Waiters are dressed Ranchero style, as Jalisco is the birthplace of tequila and mariachis. The furniture is old hacienda style, and so the decoration: big paintings with old rustic frames, murals paintings, old cartwheels, jugs, pots, etc.
The food is a blend of Mexican with a nouvelle cuisine touch/presentation. The ingredients and recipes may be all Mexican, but the way to serve the plates has evolved, following the new French cuisine. Portions are not huge, and they are delicately arranged to form shapes attractive to the eye and the palate.
This is the second place in Mexico where I find that the maitre D' will come to your table to prepare the salsa to your very particular taste, grinding the chilies right in your own huge molcajete, stone mortar, to your heart’s delight.
We all ordered meat. The birthday guy had the rib-eye tee-pee, which is a generous cut served with echalot sauce with red wine, accompanied with vegetables tee-pee, about $20. Two other guys decided to order the molcajete Santo coyote, which is a an enormous molcajete. It is a feast in itself, containing beef and pork cuts, chorizo, green salsa, and some veggies. It's supposed to serve two, but was more than enough for three.
I ordered the onion soup that comes with melted cheese, and it was good, not extraordinary. But the other guys had the bean soup, and it was extraordinary, not only the taste but the way they served it. Instead of a bowl, it comes in the shell of a bread loaf, so you can eat the soup and the container. It is highly recommended.
Service can be a little bit slow, as they prepare each order individually and the menu is extensive. Bar service is also a tad slow, so order before you are running low on your glass. After dinner, the bar hostess approached to tempt us with a drink, and as we were celebrating, we had the house tequila. She sweet-talked us into it, was great, aged and fragrant, but at $20 for a little glass, the most expensive I have ever had in my life.
Overall, the place is worth the visit. You will have a great experience, and there are good mariachis playing all around the place.
If you think I'm exagerating on the decoration, just take a look at their website: Santo Coyote
From journal Guadalajara - A Quicky Visit
July 13, 2003
The food is very upscale and delicious. Prices vary depended on the order. Barbecued goat is one of their specialties. The English-speaking service is great. The whole dining experience is a "must do" for anyone visiting Guadalajara! All the taxi drivers seem to know about this great restaurant.
From journal English Speaker Visits Guadalajara
aliso viejo, California
March 26, 2002
Don't go to the restaurante for the food; it's mediocre. The reason you'll go is to see and experience the surroundings. It can get very crowded, so make reservations. I recommend going late (after 10PM) to have a drink and an appetizer. Ask the waiter to give you a tour of the place, including a detailed explanation of the mural of life found in the back of the outer part of the restaurant.
If you go for dinner be sure to visit the adjacent bar Santo Cachorro
From journal Mi casa es su casa in Guadalajara