on May 2, 2008
Café Catedral has served up breakfast, lunch and dinner in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone for years. It used to be one of our favorites places for breakfast and somehow we just forgot about. We decided to try it again. We arrived somewhere between breakfast and lunch and were offered both menus and given the choice of tables as we were the only patrons at the time. It is a long narrow restaurant with brick arches, a few paintings on the wall and tables dressed in gold and blue. There is a tiny bar on one end.The waitress, who was friendly and attentive, pointed out they were working a new lunch and dinner menu. She said everything was good. Shortly after placing our orders a nice fruit plate was delivered and as soon as we had finished it our main courses came. Linda ordered the extranjero (foreigner) which was a plain waffle and bacon, she thought, but was in fact a waffle with bananas, whipped cream and chocolate with an order of bacon. Surprising, but very good. Sails had the shrimp enchiladas, which were enchiladas filled with a shrimp and vegetable concoction covered with sauce and melted cheese. We aren’t sure exactly what the sauce was made of. The shrimp, vegetables and cheese were good but we gave the sauce mixed reviews. I had the huevos Motulenos, which are tortillas topped with eggs, covered in a tomato sauce and sprinkled with peas. They came with a cute little tortilla bowl full of beans, hash browns and a few slices of watermelon. It was very good but I could have lived without the canned peas. Thankfully it wasn’t difficult to flick the offensive pellets off. The sauce was flavorful, the eggs were fried to my liking and the beans were great. The hash browns looked funky but were surprisingly good.None of us had ordered off the lunch menu. It was short and to the point with a few soups, salad, burritos, enchiladas, sandwiches and burgers. We asked to see the dinner menu. It was quite a surprise. We always remembered this place as serving fairly typical Mexican food. It was now much fancier with offerings such as a camembert cheese salad, eastern spicy chicken breast, champagne prawns, peanut sauce salmon and crème brulee. I’m glad we returned to Café Catedral. For the most part the food was good, the service friendly and the prices reasonable.Javier said, "Muy rico, good enchiladas but a little sweet with pineapple and beets, strange for enchiladas, not spicy, why call it an enchilada"Sails said, "Good food, friendly service. I have no complaints."sample menubreakfastBionic Breakfast............48 pesos/US$fruit with yogurt and granolaserved with coffee and juiceExpress Breakfast. ...........48 pesos/US$quesadillas with salsa Mexicanaserved with coffee and fruitdinnerTamarind Scallops. ...........65 pesos/US$scallops on an arugula salad with a tamarind vinaigretteCorn Chowder............40 pesos/US$garnished with poblano chile strips and cheeseHuitlacoche Chicken Breast............135 pesos/US$chicken breast stuffed with huitlacoche, grilled and served on a corn sauce.served with mashed potatoes and poblano chile stripsJalapeño Glazed Prawns............135 pesos/US$prawns glazed with jalapeño jellyserved with rosemary couscous and sautéed legumesCafe Catedral is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm. Credit cards are not accepted.DirectionsCafe Catedral is on Basilio Badillo between Constitucion and Insurgentes. From the southwest corner of parking/plaza Lazaro Cardenas (the ocean is to the west) head south along Olas Altas for one block, go left on Basilio Badillo three and a half blocks. The restaurant is on the left.
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