Tuesday, May 12, 2015

La Hacienda de San Angel Review

When La Hacienda de San Angel opened in September, 2010 (officially taking reservations in October, 2010), it was a *must try* for many Disney World vacationers. Offering authentic Mexican cuisine as well as more-than-perfect views of Illuminations, Reflections of Earth, we always thought, "what could possibly be better?!!?" Before I delve into my thoughts about this fine establishment, let me give you a little bit of a back story about this restaurant....

A Mexican family restored an old hacienda, and reopened it to guests and to serve food. The artwork and pottery you will notice throughout the "hacienda" gives a hint that they were created by the owner. Nice touch!

La Hacienda is located directly across from the Temple Pyramid, which also houses San Angel Inn and La Cava del Tequila. (Avocado margarita anyone?)

Just a side note ... love margaritas? Daring enough to try something a little different?? How about a Mango Blueberry Basil Margarita, or a Rosita Margarita? No??? OK, how about a margarita made with coffee, Kahlua, Mezcal and Ice cream? (Oh come on, admit it, I piqued your interest) Don't care for tequila? Well good news, La Hacienda offers a very nice selections of wine as well.

Our last visit to La Hacienda was November, 2014, during the Food and Wine festival, which we are HUGE fans of! (Seriously, check with your Kingdom Konsultant Agent for deals and packages, during Food and Wine. It's a foodie's *must do*!!)

We were led to a table, overlooking the lagoon. Off to a great start! Let me just say, I happen to be a fan of La Cava's Avocado Margarita. It is SO very good, but how in the world do they make this outstanding concoction taste like bananas!?!?

I was informed, by our waiter, that the Avocado Margarita can only be experienced at La Cava. But, stay tuned!! :)

Once we were seated, our waiter then delivered us this..

Tortilla Chips and Salsa 

(and kept them coming too!)

And (ahem) guess who got her...

 Avocado Margarita  

You got it... THIS girl!!!

This Margarita is heaven in a glass, I mean it!!

We then ordered appetizers, and first up was...

Agua Chile de Camarone

Shrimp, lime juice, chile serrano, cilantro served over a bed of guacamole.

This was just superb!

Our next appetizer was..


Corn cakes, with chorizo, potatoes and arugula,. topped with chipotle sauce and sour cream.

This was so good!!!!!

What I failed to do was take a picture of my son's Taquiza appetizer, which is normally beef, chicken and pork tacos, served with chipotle salsa, cream and queso fresco. But... he asked for his, with just meat, nothing else (how boring, right??) The Chef could not have been more accommodating. All meats were wonderful.

Next up, were entrees, and the first was

Parrillada La Hacienda

(serves 2) = 2 TS credits for Disney Dining Plan families

Mixed grill offering New York strip, chicken al pastor, chorizo, vegetables, all served with beans, fresh salsa, corn.

Now, let me say this... they say this serves 2, it's a lot of food, and we ordered two of these babies! You can order the steak cooked to your liking, which I highly recommend. Our family went for medium well. The meats are very well flavored! OK, now I'm drooling! LOL

We also ordered

Tacos de Camarones

Fried shrimp, chipolte-lime aioli, cabbage, lime and salsa verde, all served over flour tortillas and rice.

Oh my stars... YES. Love shrimp?? This is definitely for you! Just outstanding in my book!

As if we didn't eat enough (come on, it's vacation, right?!?!?) we ordered dessert..


Traditional Mexican Sorbets

My niece loved these!

Mousse de Chocolate

Chocolate Mousse and Almond brittle candy

My husband LOVED this (and by the way?? HE was the one that ate the most at our table!!) 

Even after that, he STILL had room for this baby!

Empanada de Manzana

Puffed Pastry filled with sauteed caramel apples, served with dulce de leche ice cream and caramel sauce

Oh wow.. just wow... This was SO good!! Definitely leave room for dessert folks!!

Overall, our meal was enjoyable, perfect end to an Epcot day perusing the booths during Food and Wine!

Arriba!!! Enjoy!!!!

Located:  Epcot's Mexican Pavillion
Dinner:    4:00pm - 8:35pm


Deb Casterline is a weekly, guest blogger exclusive to the Kingdom Konsultant Blog. 

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