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Friday, August 1, 2008

Dream Dining at La Vendimia

by Lisa Shannon

Dinner at La Vendimia Restaurant in Ensenada is always a pleasure. I have had the opportunity to try several different things on the menu and have enjoyed each bite…and sip! Their wine list is spectacular, and they have some of the finest Mexican wines available to pair with any meal.

During our last two trips to the west coast of the Baja peninsula, we dined at La Vendimia for lunch and dinner. I had the most exquisite filet mignon I think I have ever had. The Filete de La Vendimia is a choice filet slathered in a reduced red wine sauce with mushrooms. The meat is so tender that it simply cannot be described. It’s like, a first kiss soft, if you can remember what that was like. The taste lingered on my tongue long after I swallowed my bite, and the aroma lingered in the air as I anticipated my next bite. Sides included a green salad with vinaigrette dressing, a baked potato and vegetables. With my filet, I enjoyed a lovely LACetto Cabernet Sauvignon, a deep red and aromatic Baja California wine. Our server was pleasant and attentive, a real treasure in Baja.

I would certainly recommend this order and restaurant to anyone who can appreciate a well-prepared filet and a great glass of wine. Visit Andres and Katrina, the owners of this fabulous place, and don’t forget to tell them that Mexico Living Magazine gave their service Five Stars.

La Vendimia is located on Riveroll between the main boulevard and Lopez Mateos.