Follow the culinary adventures and misadventures of the Cooking Agents (Ray and Katie). Watch as we eat/cook our way into adulthood.
Last weekend, I caught up with Krissie and had lunch at Dorado in Brookline. Dorado serves tacos and cemitas, with a focus on Baja-California style fish tacos and authentic cemitas. Krissie and Katie came across Dorado awhile back, and I remember them stating that it was one of the best fish tacos they’ve ever had. I’m not a true connoisseur of fish tacos, but I’ve had my fair share ever since my spring break vacation to Cabo and then senior year living near Sunset Cantina, which served southwestern style cuisine. Ever since, if there are fish tacos on a menu 50% of the time, I’m ordering it.
Dorado offers individual tacos between $2.59-$2.99 or plates for $6.25 that includes 2 tacos, rice, beans, and a charred jalapeno. We ordered incorrectly after the first go around, and only ended up with 1 taco plate with 1 of each fried fish taco (Ensenada and Dorado) and a chorizo taco. Both fish tacos were great, but the Dorado stood above and beyond. Both tacos contained, 1 piece of fried Atlantic whitefish, cabbage, and salsa fresca, while the Ensenada had pickled onions and Baja crema and the Dorado had radishes and spicy chipotle crema. The fish was flaky, hot, and had the crust that was just right to match with the flaky fish meat.
Fish Taco Plate
The house made chorizo wasn’t too notable, but came with guacamole, which was a plus. The rice was mediocre, but the beans were one of the better black beans that I’ve had. On our second round of ordering, we got 1 more of each fish taco and a steak taco, which also gets a good review. The steak was marinated sirloin, and came with guacamole, queso fresco, and roasted tomato habenero salsa. All tacos came with 2 corn torillas.
Ensenada, Dorado, and Steak Taco
Service was very friendly and that included the counter staff and the owner and/or manager. After checking in on Yelp and getting a free Aguas Frescas (Lime, Ginger, and Pineapple drink), the owner/manager began picking my brain about social media sites like Yelp and Foursquare. Good thing I didn’t reveal that I dealt with these sites at my last job, so I could get back to my food asap, but now at least I know that he cares. Overall a good meal with hits and misses, but good enough to warrant further menu investigation. It’s also easy on the wallet and accessible via public transportation.
Being Interviewed Regarding my Yelp and Social Media Habits
I can’t remember the last day I lived like a vegetarian, but I started my basic work day with a bowl of cheerios and skim milk. I also brought clementines, grapes and bananas to work for healthy work week snacks. Once late morning rolled around, one of my bosses bought in chocolate goodie bags for us with a few lindt chocolates. Lunch ended up being those chocolates and a banana. For Valentine’s Day, our office turned the dining space into “Cupid’s Lounge”, which served champagne and a chocolate fountain complete with fruit, cake, and other treats. Later on, clementines filled the gap due to the sustenance void (protein). Once I got home, I decided to continue the trend and made another Asian vegetable dish with rice, only this time I added an egg for protein.
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
10-15 stems of Chinese broccoli, cut into bite size pieces on a bias
2 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Heat wok over high heat. Add oil and move around to coat the bottom and sides of the wok. Add egg and quickly stir with a large spoon/spatula/chopsticks. Once it’s finished, place in a separate bowl and set aside. Let wok reheat and then add stem pieces. Toss and let cook roughly 3 minutes. Add remaining Chinese broccoli and cook another 3 minutes or until ready to eat. Set aside in a separate bowl. In the wok, add soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, and pepper. Let reduce roughly 1 minute or so over medium heat. Add broccoli and egg back into wok toss to coat and serve with rice. I forgot to throw in the egg so so I just served it on the side.
Chinese Broccoli, Egg, and Rice