19 October 2009

El Pegaso

I have mentioned the restaurant El Pegaso (The Pegasus) before in passing. Today I dropped in there and found it nearly empty. I felt more comfortable taking some photographs, although there is nothing very special about the appearance of it. I simply wish to pay a quick tribute to the place.

El Pegaso is located one block from the main plaza, El Jardin, up town. The clientèle is usually about half American and half Mexican, which is a good thing. The clientèle of the other restaurants in this area can quite often be entirely American. The menu is nothing spectacular but very solid. Everything is good. The coffee is killer. Their specialty is desserts. I had Coconut Fudge Cheesecake with the graham cracker crust late this afternoon with my coffee. Since I have sweets so seldom, I cannot tell you what a treat that was.

The dining room to your left as you enter.

The pastry cabinet in the center of the picture with Queen Bee in the cash register nook to the left.

The dining room to your right as you enter.

Given its proximity to the main square, the prices at El Pegaso are extraordinarily reasonable. This would be your go-to, sit-down restaurant if you were here.


The bar and coffee shop in the center. Juan Carlos, the bartender and barista, and Teodoro.

These are two photos of what is special about El Pegaso. The waiters. My main gun, Cesar, had not yet come on duty today when I arrived. He came just as I was leaving.

The dessert board. Postres famosos.

What a pleasure to encounter truly competent waiters where one encounters them so seldom! All the guys are in their thirties or forties. They are all career waiters. No youngsters here humping tables, working their way through art school. In fairness, there are other high end restaurants with competent waiters on the plaza. However, the prices at those restaurant are very much higher.

Then there is the Queen Bee at the cash register who runs the place with an iron hand.

Oh, how I do love thee, men. Let me count the ways.

1.These waiters greet you by name when you walk in after a time or two. They pick up your name in a hurry.

2.They act delighted to see you when you return. They are great actors. They emote when they express their delight in seeing you again.

3.They keep an eye on you from afar while you peruse the menu, and they are there immediately when you are ready to order.

4.They bring the food promptly before it gets cold back in the kitchen.

5.They check back with you during your meal unobtrusively.

6.They remove each dirty dish as you are finished with it.

7.They bring the goddamned bill when you ask for it.

8.They inquire if everything was satisfactory just before you leave.

I must be brutally honest. These things do not occur in a typical, run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. On occasion you will find yourself in a Mexican restaurant where two or three may occur. Not one single item on this list occurs routinely in a typical Mexican restaurant. I love these guys, and I wanted to say so here. They are smooth as silk.

I know most of you are perfectly accustomed to this in your restaurants. I have become perfectly unaccustomed to it.

This is the restaurant where the walls are festooned with innumerable little nichos, the little Joseph Cornell-like boxes by the artist, José Antonio Madrazo.

The corner of Corregidor and Correo.

Black and white added 13 August 2012. I still attend.


Bloggerboy FFM said...

So, do they call you "Señor Steve" or by your last name. Formal or informal address. Interesting stuff. I could eat at the same place here for a year and be lucky if someone managed to call me Herr Bloggerboy and use the formal "Sie".

By the way, what is the tipping custom like in Mexico for sit-down restaurants.

Señor Steve said...

You cannot have any idea how pithy those two simple questions you ask are, Bloggerboy.

You know me. No simple, succinct, straightforward answers to anything. I will do a follow up entry tomorrow.

Candy Minx said...

Oh thanks for these pictures. I love this restaurant. oh my god...could you get a job there? Wouldn't that be cool? I love these and must get my sister to come and see this. (she is an amzing chef...and even studied with Diane Kennedy) She is a wonderful cook of Mexican food.

Señor Steve said...

I am not a tough guy to please, Candy. All I want is a great meal that costs less than 100 pesos ($7.77 American) and service comparable to that in Charlie Trotter's restaurant in Chicago.

Anonymous said...

Har! I'll take a great meal that costs less that $7.77 Americanos anywhere. It would be difficult, but perhaps not impossible to find one up here in Toronto.