|Clockwise from Bottom-Left: Carne Asada, Carne Enchilada, Chorizo, and "Al Pastor"|
Despite my skepticism of guacamole in restaurants these days (even the "good" stuff being merely average, in my book, and $12), I couldn't resist starting with a $5.50 bowl of it that came with serious chips. It was really nicely done; smoother and creamier than I do it, with the avocado partially pureed, and overall not a waste of money, which is about the highest praise I could give an order of guac. It just needed to come faster, the whole point of guacamole being to keep hunger at bay whilst awaiting the main event.
The menu is huge, like a Mexican version of diner menu. There are soups and salads and entire sections devoted to chilaquiles, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, tortas, cemitas, tostadas, fajitas, tamales, and sandwiches. There are also larger plates, like grilled skirt steak with peppers and onions and chicken with mole poblano. Looking around, everyone seems to have a different ordering style.
|Shrimp Ceviche Tostada|
Of the non-taco options I thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp ceviche tostada, served warm with fresh lime, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and a chipotle crema over a crisp corn tortilla. The folks at Matamoros do a good job keeping the tostada crisp even against the moisture of the ceviche.
I wouldn't think to mention the dessert options, except that a slice of "cappuccino cake" was shockingly good. It was simple, light, and airy, with a milk chocolate filling and a dark chocolate glaze on top. In the end, our satisfying meal for two, with tropical drinks, came to about $30, and there's something sweet about that too.
4508 5th Ave (between 45th and 46th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
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