Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Saratoga Restaurant: Casa de Cobre

What: Casa de Cobre
Where: 14560 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
Honeys Heart: Carnitas

I first visited Casa de Cobre with the Dishcrawl team for our holiday dinner back in December. My family loves Mexican food, so when my mom mentioned that she thought it would be fun to try something new during my trip home for Easter, I thought it would be a great choice.

Casa de Cobre serves food from the Michoacan region of Mexico. It's definitely not a refried beans and mexican rice kind of place, but since my family is getting more and more adventurous with our dining, I thought they would appreciate a little something different.

We started off with an order of Chips & Salsa with Guacamole ($10).

Also, margaritas. The kiddos had the House Margarita ($9) and my parents had The Purist ($11). I liked The Purist better but I'm not convinced it's worth $11.

For dinner, my dad ordered the Carnitas ($17), slow cooked pork with beans, pickled jalapenos, carrots and onions, and flour tortillas.

This was my favorite dish of the night. As my dad pointed out, the pork was very lean and well cooked and the pickled veggies complimented the pork well. I think my dad wished the flour tortillas were corn, but he only mentioned it once so I guess it wasn't that big of a deal (he is usually a huge proponent of corn over flour).

My mom went for Enchiladas de Pollo ($14) and my sister chose Enchiladas Michoacan Vegetarian ($12).

I'm not sure if my sister enjoyed hers (she likes rice and beans a lot and there were none to be found on her plate) and my mom thought hers was just okay. I agree that the red enchilada sauce was not that different from the kind you can buy in a can at the grocery store.

Chris ordered the fish special. He ate it all so I think he liked it.

I had Chile Relleno de Puerco ($14), a breaded green pepper filled with pork and topped with roasted pecan crema.

I tried this when our intern Chris ordered it during our Dishcrawl dinner and thought it was so good. I still thought it was tasty this time around, but I think I preferred having just a taste of it versus having it for my entire meal. It was just too rich.

My dad and I also wanted to try Nopales ($8), grilled cactus with cotija cheese and potatoes.

This was definitely unique. The cactus reminded me of green pepper, and the saltiness of the cojita cheese paired nicely with the potatoes.

All in all, it was fun to bring my family to a new place, but I'm not sure if they liked it enough to warrant a second visit. Oh well!