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El Corazon Takes Mexican Food to Heart

corazon 6We’d heard some of the buzz about the new restaurants at The Triangle (formerly Triangle Square) in Costa Mesa, and were pleased to be invited to a media tasting at El Corazon (Spanish for “the heart”), the Mexican restaurant adjacent to the movie theaters.

We sampled more than a dozen different dishes, from guacamole (made tableside) to spicy tuna tacos to creative takes on traditional dishes (burritos, quesadillas).

We also tried several margaritas, including the “make your own” option–ours were blackberry watermelon with mint, and strawberry-blueberry with basil.corazon 2

We came away from the tasting impressed enough to return on our own, and again enjoyed the cuisine and cocktails.

Catherine’s notes on the experience:

“I really relished their corn chowder, which had fresh, crisp wood-grilled corn mixed with a medium thick chowder and jalapeno-cornbread croutons. The Al Pastor burrito was unique and tasty–filled with pork, rice and beans, grilled pineapple, onions and cilantro. The pork and pineapple worked well together creating a nice sweet and tangy taste. I also liked the Bristo filet–a wood grilled filet marinated in fresh herbs and garlic. I could really taste the smokiness and light garlic flavor with each bite.”

Catherine enjoyed having some of the items prepared tableside, which she said enhanced the entire dining experience.

corazon 4“I recommend the ‘Bananas on Fire’ for dessert. You can watch as they drizzle the bananas with caramel and orange juice, and then set them on fire and top with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Another great tableside show is the Mexican coffee, prepared with flaming tequila and a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream.”

The prices are very reasonable, with most dishes in the $10 to $20 range. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, and open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, visit ElCorazonCocina.com, or call (949) 612-2349.

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This entry was posted on August 19, 2013 by in Dining Out, Restaurant Experience and tagged , , , , , .
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