Lunch at Paladar

We recently stopped at Paladar on Chagrin Boulevard for lunch.

Chorizo, Potato and Goat Cheese Soft Tacos.  Chorizo sausage and fingerling potatoes with creamy goat cheese, shredded cabbage and cilantro drizzled with smoky aioli.

He said…Believe it or not, the goat cheese dish was actually mine this time.  I was really excited to try this dish.  I had a Chorizo Enchilada the week before at Ranchero’s Taqueria in Akron (which we’ll write about shortly) and was looking forward to comparing the dishes.  However, I was a little disappointed by this dish.   The chorizo did not have as much spice as I would have liked.  Also, the potato didn’t really add anything to the taco.  In fact, it took away from the goat cheese and cilantro.  In other words, “less is more” would have made the dish better.

Paladar’s Blackened Fish Tacos.  Blackened tilapia drizzed with cilantro adobo sauce topped with a pickled red onion and pineapple slaw and shredded cabbage.

She said…I thought this sounded so delicious, but it just didn’t come together for me.  Overall, I found the dish a little bland, which should certainly not be the case considering some of the bold sounding ingredients.  The fish itself was cooked well, but slightly underseasoned.  There wasn’t much of the cilantro adobo sauce that was described on the menu, and what there was wasn’t very flavorful.  That was clearly not pineapple, and when I think of slaw I think shredded.  This was large chunks of pickled red onion and less than ripe mango.  I like the idea of this dish, but the flavors were very lacking.  I also don’t get the double tortilla thing.

Bottom line…We were disappointed and probably won’t head back to Paladar any time soon.

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