There's a new wonderful restaurant that opened here in August. The chef is Jose Mario Murillo who was trained at the Culinary Instute of America in Hyde Park, New York and worked for some of the best restaurants in New York and Connecticut.
I have been predicting this for some time: that with the numbers of excellent Mexican chefs being trained in international cuisine, many would return to Mexico and produce a wonderful fusion of international flavors with the traditional flavors of Mexico creating a whole new genre of Mexican Fusion Cooking. Mexico has a rich tradition with unusual ingredients such as a cornicopia of dried chilies. A good example of this is Jose's Fire Shrimps. The name might scare away those with an aversion to spicy food but Jose's version is mildly spicy with a complex flavor derived from using 3 different types of dried chilies. My wife Mary loved it so much she has had it on both of our visits.
I have been sampling their more traditional Mexican fare, but I can say that Jose's version of Mexican dishes takes Mexican cooking to a whole new level. I had the Shrimp Enchiladas one time and the Mixed (Chicken & Beef) Enchiladas last night. Both were excellent with beautifully subtle sauces.
The owners Rodrigo and Isabel are sweethearts and make you feel like you have come into a very special place. We wish them a generous helping of good luck in their new venture. You can find their e-mail and phone # in the contact section of their web site: