Mexican Standoff

Rose-petal pie for dessert sounded interesting, but we were drawn to a chocolate torte that purported to be an aphrodisiac ($5.95). Unfortunately, three slices of jellylike flourless chocolate cake chewed like old flan and depended too much on a walnut garnish for texture. This preparation didn't even stimulate our taste buds, much less anything else.

The coffee we ordered with our dessert arrived, not unexpectedly, after we'd finished and were waiting for the check. Owner Arturo Sobrino, whose family owns a restaurant in Mexico City, ought to be able to rectify such annoying service problems without much difficulty. The quality of the food at Los Girasoles certainly deserves it.

Los Girasoles
2700 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables; 649-8888. Lunch Monday -- Friday from 11:30 to 3:00. Dinner Monday -- Thursday from 6:00 to 10:00; open Friday and Saturday until 11:00.

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