Have I lamented before about the lack of serviceable Mexican food in Seattle? Good, well let me tell you about another bleh experience. Bandolero.
In typical fashion, my wife and I were starving. We hadn't really eaten all day, had been gone from home for hours, and were stuck in that sort of upper U District, not quite Wallingford area of town. We happenellinon ad artle f toter &nbsesta hapts. d upp;We lite tuclus awaof restaurants. We were turned away at Kisaku, and then went to Bandolero.
We were d event to go to in just 45 short minutes, and knew we needed to eat in 40. Well, telling the wait staff we were in a hurry did nothing for our service. We waited 27 minutes for chips and salsa. We waited tens of minutes at a clip to see anyone, and our drinks stayed relatively empty.
Starving, we ordered a little smattering of what they had to offer, sopas, ceviche, carne asada tacos, and their sort of signature chicken mole enchiladas. I recognize it is unwise to order apps and an entree when you are in a hurry, but we told the staff to bring out anything they had ready when it was up and that we would take everything out on the table at the same time if possible. No dice.
Who even knows how long we waited on our real food. Did I say that we waited 27 minutes for chips and salsa? Does that give you an idea? The traditional salsa, by the way, was pretty devoid of spice and flavor. The carne asada meat came out cold. The ceviche was ok, but just ok. The mole was ok, but thin and tasked burnt (not smokey). It had the potential to be very good even, but the I just couldn't shake this burnt flavor.
So, did I mention the wait staff screwed up our order? They did. Carne asada tacos. Out comes a carne asada nachos. "We ordered carne asada tacos." "Let me go check on that." Out comes out waitress again, "I had here that you ordered carne asada nachos." My wife "I ordered the tacos." Waitress "Oh, well that's not what I had." She held the food out and said, "I had nachos, is this ok?" We had to leave 5 minutes before it even came. My wife looks at me, sad. I say "Whatever, can you at least bring out some tortillas?" The waitress says, "Sure."
Ten minutes later, the already cool meat got colder, still no tortillas. We wave someone down, ask again, and another 5 minutes later they arrive. Three. Wouldn't want to give out more than three. The girl almost looks mad at giving them. Getting the bill was a process I also don't wish to discuss, but let's just say that "in a hurry" didn't seem to signify either leaving the bill with our dinner, or coming by with the bill, or coming by at all after delivery or when delivering others' checks. Get the picture?
The place does appear to be more "saloon" in feel then restaurant, along with accumulated cob webs under the table. For bar food, it was ok. For a restaurant, it was terrible. In review, not-tasty salsa, burnt mole, cold meat, wrong order, terrible service, no hurry. And no restitution. My wife left feeling bad, she wrote on the bill "less than average service, less than average tip" and left 5%. I said, "Good job."
|carne asada "tacos"|
2253 North 56th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
1.5 of 5 (only because the mole had potential)
UPDATE: Apparently my wife and I weren't the only ones that had a terrible experience. This restaurant's website is down, and appears to be closed. They had over 3 stars on Yelp, yet another sign of the apocalypse