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Casa Marcelo Dinner


Centro Ensenada has been packed with visitors and cars during the last two weeks of this year for Christmas                             and New Year celebrations.  My team and I decided to get a few blocks away from the mayhem and hope that Casa Marcelo was open.

Scored a front row parking spot and Casa Marcelo only had a few diners this late Wednesday afternoon.  Had only enjoyed breakfast here , so we were very interested in the dinner possibilities. Found out that in addition to their wine selection, Victoria beer is available.

We tried some appetizers to start.  The tortilla soup was thick, rich and full of chunky goodness.  The hunks of queso fresco melted into the broth as we slurped.  This sopa is a luxurious cauldron of flavors and textures.  You must try this soup!

A grilled octopus and veg tortilla was next.  We have all been to marisco stands that brush a 1/4″ slab of ceviche or other mush on a tortilla for 20 pesos and it is usually ok.  But, check out this mound of pulpo meat and veggies on this tostada.

This pulpo risotta is an entree.  My dining partner liked it, but, said the light amount of pulpo meat actually relegated this dish as a side, rather than the main course.  “Throw a filet of fish on this and you would have something special”, was his idea.

Ok, here comes the yellowfin tuna.  Missed taking a shot of the pink meat from the side. I had the fish cooked lightly, maybe grilled 2 minutes on each side.  Yum to tuna perfection!  For those of you needing separation between your veggies and meat, this “Where’s Waldo?” puzzle might bother you.  Not me, as I love vegetables.

The plates on the dinner/lunch menu were all more like tapas than entrees other than this tuna and a steak dish.  Suggest ordering a handful of the plates and share.

Casa Marcelo’s  garden atmosphere is a unique oasis in Ensenada.  There are a handful of indoor tables and half of the garden area has roof coverage.

 

This visit earns Casa Marcelo four out of a possible five tortilla strips.

Casa Marcelo location is Riveroll, between 7th and 8th.  8am – 6pm, closed Tuesday.  646 187 3158    Facebook

 

 

 

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Casa Marcelo


by the Lusty Napkin        

Needed a breakfast break this week on north side of centro Ensenada.  Casa Marcelo was our choice. Mentioned to my  breakfast buddy that I can usually predict the quality of the meal by the restaurant’s ambience within a minute of entry.  Ok, street food is an exception.

At 10AM, coffee was fresh and the queso fresco with salsa and guacamole was a new treat to slather on the bread.  A roasted pepper salsa is also a bold flavor enhancer for the morning.

We did fail to ask about the hours of the breakfast menu availability.  General hours for Casa Marcelo are 10A-6P, closed Tuesdays.  Most breakfast shops offer their breakfast until the noon hour.  The wall chalk menu added some fun, but, proper menus are delivered to your table.

This is the signature breakfast dish of the house, the Plato Marcelo, with a nopal salad, queso, a mound of roasted lamb and topped with plump eggs with the firmness of memories of my high school sweetheart.

This is the egg casserole, with fresh veg, a tomatillo salsa verde, chicharrones and chunks of pork topped with those eye popping eggies.  No, Bubba, we aren’t at Stuckey’s today.

Both of these dishes were perfect combinations of fresh ingredients, careful seasoning, light touches on the grill and food porn presentations.

Casa Marcelo opened in 2015, so I am not as late on discovery of this new restaurant star as is normally my case.

Speaking of cases, the cheeses come from the same family that owns the Cava de Marcelo queso farm east of Ensenada in Ojos Negros.

Though Casa Marcelo closes at 6PM, we were happy to see a good local wine selection.  We must get back here for full on dinner feast.

We are awarding Casa Marcelo 4.5 out of 5 egg laying hens for a unique breakfast flavor experience.

Location is Av Riveroll between 7th and 8th.    Facebook page     646 187 3158

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