Review of Temazcal Tequila Cantina in Boston

Definitely a place for drinks and appetizers, but you will want to skip the entrees at Temazcal Tequila Cantina in Boston no matter how pretty they look. One cool mention? Your menu is on an iPad and includes directions on how to prepare the meals, as well ratings for the different alcohols. Um, awesome!

 

Put it this way, the best part of the meal was our chips and dips, and I would definitely go back for them. The chips were fresh and crispy and I wanted to eat up the savory pork and bean dip like a soup. Mmmmmm, pork and chips.

The lobster guacamole tasted like guacamole with lobster put it in, but we know next time to just get the cheaper plain guac. Our first waitress was incredibly friendly, the second one that we got just plain did not want to be working there, but luckily our original waitress came back so we were happy again.

What was so bad about the entrees? The ingredients and quality was great, but the flavor was severely lacking. I got the Antojitos Mexicano’s so that I could taste a bit of everything. It came with crab flautas, chicken tamales, shrimp culiacan and carnitas tacos. The crab flautas were decent, but nothing to write home about. Chicken tamales, again just OK, I prefer the tamales the ladies on the street corners of Spanish Harlem in New York City sell out of the shopping carts. Don’t you ever wonder where they hell they get those carts from? The shrimp culiacan were massive so I was happy about that, and I never thought I would ever say this, but the bacon was way to overpowering for the shrimp. Shocking, I know, but I had take the bacon off and eat it separately from the shrimp. The most disappointing part of the meal were the carnitas tacos. It looks like raw meat at first and while the tortillas were good, the meat itself was so mushy I couldn’t bring myself to take more than a couple of bites. Maybe carnitas tacos in NYC are different than in Boston, but I’m use to carnitas tacos being incredibly flavorful, with a tiny bit of fat and crispy outsides. This was not the case at Temazcal at all. Bummer.

Also, skip dessert. The tres leches cake was a big disappointment and tasted like it was sitting in the fridge for a while.

Again, just stick with drinks and apps, and enjoy the lovely water view.

6.5 out of 10

Temazcal Tequila Cantina

250 Northern Avenue

Boston, MA 02210

(617) 439-3502

-Joyce Huang

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