It’s a sad day when a hot guy that I like takes me out for dinner and we are both disappointed. I’ve been invited to the fairly new Mexican-style restaurant on Henderson Alma before, but this was my first experience. Sadly, it was also my last.
My considerate dinner companion asked for a menu at the host stand, so that I could review my options before we were seated. There seemed to be plenty of veganizable option, so I was happy to have dinner at his first restaurant choice.
Our waitress was sweet and went to the kitchen to ask about options when I told her I was vegan. She came back with a menu marked with X’s on the items that would be vegan without the dairy toppings. They were not willing to make up anything off the menu for me, and that is fine. However, the reason for this became clear as the meal went on.
We started with the Guacamole. While it looked great, it tasted like it came out of a bag and was mixed with mayonnaise (although they assured me it was not) and the “fresh” chips must have been fresh three days ago, they surely were not that night. It was at this point that I had wished we had chosen one of the other starter options: “Street Snacks” – cucumber, watermelon, jicama, lime juice, and chile powder – sounded like something they possibly made there and didn’t mix with mayo.
The very pre-made tasting guac was the tip off on the “nothing off the menu” policy… if your stuff is mostly pre-made then it’s more difficult to whip up something custom. I may be wrong, but if that stuff was made on premises it would be more disappointing than finding out it was from a bag.
The Ceviche de Hongos (shitake mushrooms, beets, jicama, citrus, and plantain chips) looked interesting, but after the horrible guac (which, sorry, but how do you mess up guac for god’s sake?) I was not in the mood to try anything that had the possibility of disappointing me. I was pretty hungry and “safe” seemed like the best option at this point.
The only entrée on the approved list was the Tacos de Hongos. I love tacos, I love portabella mushrooms, cilantro, avocado, arugula and black beans. It was lovely when it arrived and was a fair meal but there was absolutely nothing spectacular about the flavor. I think at this point my disappointment at the whole experience and quality of food was affecting my taste buds. I wasn’t sure if I was full from the meal or just ready to get out of the restaurant, but I asked for the remainder to be packed up to-go.
…if that stuff was made on premises it would be more disappointing than finding out it was from a bag.
We didn’t bother to stick around for dessert, they didn’t have anything for vegans anyway. If they had been willing to make any custom adjustments I might have asked, but it seemed pointless.
The best part of this dining experience was the company I arrived with. The second best part (and the best part about the restaurant) was the guy who kept our water glasses full. He was nice, smiling and on top of it.
Just so you know, when I opened my doggie bag the next day to munch on my leftovers……they didn’t pack any tortillas. I call BS. Perhaps Alma does better with the meat dishes.Alma 2822 North Henderson Avenue
Dallas, TX (214) 827-2820