A Marina Must for gluten free dining in Cabo San Lucas,
May 31, 2014
Huntington Station, New Y
With a promise of free drinks and/or dessert, and a sense of comfort in the fact that they understood what gluten free meant, Mike and I took our table at Pochos just as dinner time was in full swing. Pochos is Marina front, so we had a nice view of the busy pier walkway and marina. For our freebe we selected two drinks, and placed the order with the person who sat us. Were served them very quickly by our server for the night who then reviewed what our dietary requirements meant, having been brought up to speed by the individual who had sat us down. We explained our needs, and gave him the Triumph Dining card. To ensure that he could give you the best information, he left to speak to the chef.
Upon returning he brought us corn chips (of the previously mentioned 'lite' oven fried variety) with homemade salsa. He recommended several dishes that the chef said required no alternations, and being adventurous we asked for his two top favorites and ordered those. They were: Chipotle Shrimp and Stuffed Fish both served with fresh grilled vegetables and rice. For dessert we ordered Banana's Foster.
Pochos has the tag line "where fire meets food", and it was no wonder since two of our three dishes were cooked tableside on a portable grill. My shrimp was cooked in front of me on the flame and we watched as each ingredient was added to the pan, the flame rising and the heat hitting our faces with a hint of spice.
The shrimp were juicy, with a charred and flavorful outside: Just the way I love my shrimp. And you cannot go wrong watching them cook with the water from which they were caught as the backdrop.
Mike's food, the stuffed fish, well let's just say that any photo is deceitful. As Mike put it this was "your finest fish stuffed with your second and third finest fishes, and cheese." It was a flavorful melody of fish filet, scallops, shrimp, cheese, and sauce. I might be sharing too much when I admit that Mike literally cried because of this food. It's awesomeness brought Mike to tears.
The Banana's Foster, which I don't think was a menu item but was offered to us because of our dietary needs, was suggested by the waiter who reconfirmed the gluten free nature of the ingredients after we said we would take it. It was also cooked on the grill in front of us. You could taste the charring banana and rum as it cooked itself into deliciousness in the smoke. It was so good!
The bottom line if you are visiting Cabo is that you MUST try Pochos. Their service, gluten free options and accommodations, and friendliness made this an exceptional last dinner in Mexico. The only downside for me was the small front seating area near the walkway. While I am a people watcher, I felt almost as if I was personally on display as an exotic New Yorker in a strange land. But, this was easily overlooked and we were both happy diners!
Submitted by Celtic Celiac (www.Celtic-Celiac.Blogspot.com)