I recently had some beautiful dishes at Lazaranda in Addison, including a Sea Bass Ajillo, which is a seared Sea Bass with garlic and gaujillo peppers along with a dash of orange juice and tomato sauce. A true stand out. You may have heard about the small group of restaurants from Mexico, with its single location in the States in the food capital of Addison, Texas
The restaurant offers up a ration of ceviches which are very order worthy. Large, plump white fish in a light bath of citrus soy and creamy chipotle dressing. All the while corporate chef Antonio Marquez was leading me through the menu, he was both affable and full of energy. The corporate chef makes a monthly trek to the United States to check on the restaurant and tweak the menu items.
I have sampled most of these dishes in the past and have given the restaurant some well deserved loving. I especially like the idea and logic of Lazaranda lunches which allows you to build a platter piece by piece. Add any amount of tacos or enchiladas, many seafood based with the one amazing exception of the meaty rib-eye taco. This can be a fantastic bargain for the light eater, or a Wonka-style wonderment for the famished.
If you haven’t noticed I am building up to a crescendo here.
In speaking with the chef I made mention that the most intriguing item on the menu is the daily whole fish offering, and with out a moment of hesitation he led me into the kitchen to watch the fish being prepared.
The fish of the day is sold by weight, and this particular day it was a red snapper flown in fresh from our coastal water, and never frozen. I watched as the chef prepared the fish to grill on the zaranda, or the mesh basket that presses the fish in place as it is cooked on the grill. For larger fish, two of the zarandas are used to hold the fish into place.
The chef suggested that you might order one pound of fish per person, or half that if it is to be served as an appetizer.
As the chef prepared the fish, he carefully removed the spine and flattened the fish with the head intact. Two filets were separated and he suggested we sauce them both differently for a variety in flavors. There are many sauces to choose from, and today we went with the house blend of garlic, mustard, chipotle and soy. The other filet would be treated with crushed red pepper mayonnaise, olive oil and soy sauce.
My fish was about one pound and would take twelve minutes to finish off on the grill. Once cooked it is plated and served with their house rice and mixed vegetables for one amazing looking plate. The fish was as delicious to eat as it was to see.
Lazaranda can make a mean fish just about any way you might choose including frying it whole, but grilled is how they shine the best.