Cosme is a Modern Mexican restaurant, so the decor in the restaurant was very modern with a slight Mexican influence. The restaurant gave one the feel of being in a dessert. It had cacti as well as other succulents, and the color scheme was a lot of tans and beiges which closely resembled a dessert. As I had mentioned the decor was modern: their were low hanging lights, and comfortable chairs that varied at every table. The entire restaurant had a very rustic, dessert, aesthetic vibe that I absolutely loved.
When we got to Cosme we met up with one of my dad’s colleagues, Holly, so my mom, my dad, Holly, and I were all there. As soon as we sat down we ordered drinks. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a specialty drink, but our waiter had recommended the Avocado Mocktail. At first, I was wary because an avocado drink sounded weird, but I was curious to see what it tasted like so I ordered the mocktail. The Avocado Mocktail was excellent!! The avocado didn’t contribute the flavor it mostly put forth the texture of the drink, and the lemon really gave it a sour flavor that wasn’t to overwhelming. The drink was smooth and the avocado did a nice job of mellowing out the lemon so it left a refreshing mellow drink.
To start off our meal, we felt that it was a necessity to order the guacamole. I mean whenever guacamole is on the menu I almost always order it because it is the perfect way to start off the meal. On our table we already had salsa and the guacamole came with round tostadas for us to dip in the guac and salsa. First, I want to acknowledge the boldness of Cosme for giving us tostadas instead of chips. Normally, I find tostadas too big and not as desirable when eating guacamole and salsa. Cosme’s tostadas however, were so crispy and although we kind of had to break it up in pieces the tostada still did not disappoint. Next, the salsa. It was a very interesting salsa because normally when I think about salsa I think of a chunky tomato salsa that is usually moderately spicy (depending on preference and spice tolerance). This salsa was unique, it was a very smooth salsa that had sesame seeds in it. So, instead of just an overpowering tomato taste it had a subtle spicy taste with a nutty undertone from the sesame seeds. Personally, it was nice to not have such a basic salsa and it really brought out the sophisticated side of the restaurant. The guacamole was not as creative as the salsa, but what it lacked in creativity it had in flavor. It was mostly smooth, but had just enough chunks. There was a hint of lime and there weren’t too many ingredients that your tostada broke. Which just showed the modernness of not just the furniture, but the food as well. The guacamole and salsa were the perfect way to start out our meal.
The appetizers we got at Cosme were the abalone tostada, the crab infladita, and the cobia al pastor. To start off our appetizers, we ordered the abalone tostada. So for those of you who don’t know abalone is a sea snail, but it is still considered fish. The dish was a tostada, with the salsa, and abalone sashimi on top. The abalone tasted like a white fish sashimi and didn’t taste too crazy. Even though “sea snail” might freak some people out it was just like any other sashimi you would have. The whole dish was refreshing and the perfect appetizer you would want before a big meal because it isn’t super filling. Our second appetizer was a Crab Infladita. It was a crunchy ball that you had to crack open with a spoon. The ball was filled with crab and guacamole. The crab was sooooo tasty. It was packed with flavor, the crab also was a little bit sweet, and super tender. Moreover, the outside was nice and crunchy. So, the creaminess of the guacamole, the crispiness of the ball, and the tenderness of the crab all had very compatible textures and flavors. The dish was very delicious, but it was a little bit hard to split between four people. So, I would recommend getting it if you were by yourself, but not if you were in a big group of people. Our last appetizer might have been my favorite thing from the whole dinner. It was a Cobia al Pastor with pineapple puree and cilantro. The dish was basically a make your own tostada. It came with cobia, tostadas, and the pineapple puree. You put the pineapple puree on the tostada with a few pieces of cobia on top. As soon as I took a bite, I was transported to Hawaii. The pineapple puree tasted exactly like a piña colada, the cobia had that amazing fresh taste to it, and of course the tostada elevated it. The tostada had an amazing crunch to round of all of the textures of the dish and had a saltiness that contrasted the pineapple making the dish taste amazing. Out of all the appetizers my favorite was the Cobia al Pastor. It was a great sharing dish and had amazing flavors across the board.
Now it is time for the main dishes!!! For our entrees, we all split the sweet corn tlayuda, the lamb belly, and the duck carnitas. The sweet corn tlayuda came with sweet corn, chanterelle mushrooms, king trumpet mushrooms, and melted NY cheddar cheese on top. The corn made the dish very sweet and I thought it could have been a little bit more flavorful, but I thought it was a pretty good dish and the cheese on top went surprisingly well with the corn and the mushrooms. I would definitely recommend this dish if you were a vegetarian, or if you like the combination of corn and mushrooms. I personally didn’t love it because I like them separately, but that is my personal opinion because everyone else at the table loved the dish. Our next dish was amazing!! It was one of my favorite dishes besides the cobia al pastor. The dish was lamb belly. I had not had lamb since Australia and they are known for lamb so I was a little skeptical, but it was so tender and just melted in my mouth. The lamb was packed with flavour and if I could I would have ordered three orders, but I had to save room for the rest of the meal. The lamb was tangy, and the green mango that was with the lamb added a nice refreshing crunch. I highly recommend ordering the lamb belly. Our last entree were the duck carnitas. The duck carnitas are perfect for a big group and they were a nice way to top off our meal. They came on a humongous plate with watermelon radishes, tortillas for the duck, and different sauces to put on the duck. I took a few pieces of duck, with one watermelon radish, and the mild sauce. WARNING: IF YOU ARE NOT SPICE TOLERANT DO NOT EAT TOO MANY WATERMELON RADISHES!! I ate a watermelon radish without the duck and couldn’t stop drinking water for the rest of the night. Back to the carnitas. The duck was tender, the watermelon radish added a nice crunch, and the sauce completely enhanced the dish. Pro Tip: put the salsa they initially put on the table on top of the tacos to elevate the dish. All of the entrees were super delicious in their own way, but my favorite entree was the lamb belly.
To wrap up this dinner, it was only right to order dessert. So, for dessert we ordered the corn husk meringue, and the pistachio ice cream with caramelized cacao butter. The husk meringue was their most famous dessert and was a meringue made out of corn husk with corn cream inside of the meringue. The husk meringue was unlike any other dessert I have ever tried. The outside was crispy and a little chewy, while the inside was sweet, but had a natural taste to it. The dish was a little salty as well, which balanced out the sweetness because sometimes desserts are overly sweet. Next was the pistachio ice cream. The pistachio ice cream was sweet, but was salty. The caramelized cacao butter balanced it out. I could not stop eating the cacao butter it was my favorite part of the dish. On top of the ice cream and the butter, there were also freeze dried raspberries which gave a nice tangy flavor to the dessert. Although, I was obsessed with the cacao butter the entire dish had nice flavour combinations and was overall very tasty. Out of both desserts the most delectable was definitely the husk meringue, it was also the most unique which I loved.
This dinner was amazing and I highly recommend going to Cosme and maybe trying a dish we didn’t order.