Thursday, May 6, 2010

Colibri Mexican Bistro

I know that just yesterday I was hating on Cinco de Mayo in favor of its futuristic cousin, Ocho de Mayo, but really there's nothing I like more than some guacamole, so you know I had to celebrate the day Eats Well With Others style. For me and the husband, that meant heading to Colibri Mexican Bistro.

Luckily, I had made reservations long in advance because tables of two were being given 2-3 hour wait times while we were being whisked off to our lovely seats by the window. The live music was keeping the atmosphere festive, and the delicious guacamole, salsas, and tortillas (above) were on the table in no time.

To start I had this very tasty (and very pretty, no?) salad. I forget what it's called, and it's not on the menu they have posted online, but it consists of butter lettuce (plated to look like a flower no less), shredded jicama, spiced avocado and mango, and edible flowers. I had to get a different dressing than the one it normally comes with (that one has icky eggs in it) and whatever they gave me was really fresh and vibrant. My taste buds were brought to life by citrus and chilis.... and ready for more!

For my main course, I actually ordered 3 sides as there are no vegan entrees. I'd normally be disappointed about that, but the sides were so good I could care less. On the left, you see the Nopales Asados (cactus with mushrooms) and Hongos al Chileado (mushrooms with garlic and chili oil). Both were well cooked, perfectly spiced, and quite tasty, but my favorite was the Estofado (on the right). This savory sautee of zucchini, corn, mushrooms, onions, and pasilla chile was mouth watering. Herbacious, savory, delectable. Easily the highlight of the meal for me.

I'd definitely go back to Colibri. It might even be nicer on a night where it's not so jam packed with drunken people in need of fuel for their fiesta. Meanwhile, I've got some other good eats coming up this weekend so stay tuned. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone! See you at the SF Vegan Bake Sale, right??? Right.


Andrew Bellware said...

Oh man, seeing that mango dish made me instantly so very hungry! ;-)

Barbara @ moderncomfortfood said...

I'm not in CA, although my sister is a Napa foodie, and I'm not an vegan either. Nevertheless, I love the way you write, and I adore your take on dishes you encounter, including this one. Your blog is an excellent, thought-provoking, and insightful read for foodies of all stripes. In fact, I'm getting new ideas as I write this. Well done and many thanks!

Sky said...

Thanks Barbara. I hope my blog can inspire people to try the vegan options at their favorite restaurants - no matter where they may live! :)

Andrew, go eat! And, yeah, that salad was so very yummy.

marzipan said...

that salad looks AMAZING. nom nom nom.
i want... haha. thanks for finding me on twitter!

michaelscribner said...

I LOVE Colibri and always get those same three side dishes - I agree, the estofado is *delicious* !!

I just found your blog - really great info, photos & writing style. Thanks for sharing !

Sky said...

Glad you found me, Michael,and thanks for the compliments! Come back anytime. :)