Great Seafood, Huge Portions


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Andariega on February 7, 2010

We had spent the day shopping, paying bills and doing other annoying necessities. We were done and we were hungry. We entered Puerto Vallarta's romantic zone the back way, through the little tunnel, and spotted El Brujo. This is one of those places where I love the food but I forget about. I saw it. I remembered. I found a parking place. It was dinner time.

We were greeted at the door. The place looked full but the waiter found us a table in the corner. El Brujo is a medium sized restaurant, sort of rustic Mexican in feel, packed full of tables and with little décor but is actually quite comfortable. There are fans to keep things cool but summer afternoons can be quite toasty. Our waiter returned quickly with drinks and mens.

El Brujo has a very complete menu. It is known for its seafood but serves plenty of other things. The menu starts with a large selection of appetizers, then seafood cocktails and soups. For main courses there are a variety of fajitas, various chicken dishes (all very good), about ten beef dishes (we haven't tried any yet), a long list of seafood (what the restaurant is famous for), a separate section just for oysters (their specialty?), and a children's menu. At the end are the V.I.P. Plates. Over the years we have tried most of them and they are all very good. Prices are inexpensive considering the serving size, with main courses costing from sixty five pesos to one hundred and ninety five pesos with most dishes running around one hundred and thirty.

After a very long wait our waiter reappeared. He took our order and dinner was almost immediately served. Sails, practicing his newfound philosophy of "If you can't see the ocean don't eat the fish.", had asked for the Pechuga Perfil – chicken breast cooked with garlic, onion and potato, served with refried beans and guacamole. Teensy morsels, from the huge serving, were eeked out to moochers and we all agreed – excellent. Sails stopped just short of licking the plate. Obviously not seeing the hen house isn't an issue.

Linda (a child sized adult) ordered the fish sticks off the children's menu. Anywhere else this would be considered a full size serving. The fish was fresh mahi-mahi with a crunchy coating. We all tried it and we all liked it – kids never had it so good.

I had the Isabella Special - fish fillets rolled around cheese and spinach, covered in a shrimp sauce, served with spaghetti in a white sauce. It was great. The fillets were mahi-mahi and well stuffed. The tomato based sauce was more whole shrimp than sauce and the spaghetti was in a wonderful creamy sauce and sprinkled with cheese. The serving was huge. I can't believe I ate the whole thing. Barely able to move, we asked for the bill and waited...and waited...and waited.

I highly recommend El Brujo Restaurant. The food is always exceptional, the prices are reasonable and oftentimes (not this time) the service is good.

Sails said, "Wow, I always forget how great this place is. The food is excellent and the service is efficient and usually friendly. Too bad its not closer to the beach. Look, you have two little fish bundles, perfect for sharing. Please."

sample menu
Queso Cilantro.................................90 pesos (US$7.20)
breaded cheese covered in a
cilantro sauce, served on a bed
of potatoes and onions
Tarzan Avocado.................................75 pesos (US$6.00)
avocado filled with oysters and
shrimp with a French dressing
Seafood Soup.......................................125 pesos (US$10.00)
shrimp, octopus, fish, and veggies
Breaded Oysters...................................125 pesos (US$10.00)
Chicken Fajitas......................................115 pesos (US$9.20)
Pechuga Poblana..................................105 pesos (US$8.40)
chicken breast stuffed with mango,
poblano chile, covered in a chile
and cream cheese sauce
Filete Bucerias.......................................140 pesos (US$11.20)
beef fillet, smothered in a green
sauce, topped with onions and
potatoes, and covered with cheese
Pescado Relleno.......................................135 pesos (US$10.80)
fish fillet filled with octopus and
shrimp, covered in a tomato and
white wine sauce
Crab Enchiladas...........................................65 pesos (US$5.20)
Brujo Negro.........................................135 pesos (US$10.80)
fish fillet stuffed with shrimp and
cuitlacoche (corn fungus), topped
with a cream sauce.

El Brujo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 pm until 10:30 pm. Credit cards are not accepted.

Directions - El Brujo is on Venustiano Carranza at the corner of Naranjo. From the southeast corner of the parking/plaza Lazaro Cardenas head east (assuming the ocean is to the west) on Venustiano Carranza six blocks. The restaurant is on the right.
El Brujo
Venustiano Carranza 510 at Naranjo OT/SS
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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