El Tomato

Images of the food and surroundings at El Tomato
Images of the food and surroundings at El Tomato
Images of the food and surroundings at El Tomato

El Tomato

A restaurant review written by Camie Fenton Sands on Saturday 2nd June, 2012.

El Tomato has a tidy, cozy, nice patio space in back with the chef / owner on-site giving daily recommendations and good cuts of meat.

Thank you for spoiling us with this delicious and artistic meal,” was scribbled on the napkin that hung in a simple frame above our table. That sums up the surprise of this pleasant small restaurant on Mesones Street. Because it is ‘delicious and artistic’ under chef / owner Mariano Alvarez’s creative attention. Other frames display photos of Mariano’s family in Argentina with him being the cute child in the middle of everyone. Mariano says the photos are reminders of his heritage and what he loves sharing at El Tomato. He describes that as an Argentine Italian Fusion, “Where rustic comfort food meets authentic Argentine flavors and traditional Italian dishes, using family recipes and fresh local ingredients.”

On a very hot, late May afternoon four of us took a table in the back covered patio near a fountain. As we talked about the upcoming Chamber Music Festival, Mariano suggested the salmon dish for festival Executive Director, Antonio Cabrerro. Robbie chose salad nicoise with tuna for something light. Karen decided on freshly made gazpacho and empanadas, and I threw ‘calorie caution’ to the wind and asked for his special polenta with sweet vegetables and Italian sausage. Fresh tortilla chips, rustic bread and the ever-present Argentinean chimichurri sauce were served along with our ice teas, red wine and Corona beer. The cold gazpacho soup Karen ordered came first, as requested. It was so good that Antonio and I ordered another to share.

At the traditional 3:00 pm ‘comida’ time the restaurant filled up, and we continued talking about all the host homes needed for Chamber Music Festival musicians in August. Those challenges were put aside when the food arrived and we ‘oooohhhed’ and ‘aaahhhed’ over our meals. Antonio said his salmon was perfectly done and the fresh green beans still crunchy. Karen liked the empanada’s filling; Robbie’s salad was a visual delight – and she said very good too. I savored the polenta and sausage ‘signature dish’. It was delicious; the sausage tasted of fennel and rosemary and the lightly sautéed peppers and onions mixed with the fresh polenta just perfectly.

With the festival’s ‘host home topic’ still causing a little anxiety – so much yet to do, we thought that dessert was in order to further sweeten our moods. The red wine reduction over cold poached pears was our favorite, but there was not a bite left of the Argentinean style flan either, so very creamy and the caramel flavor repeated with a dollop of caramel on top. As President of the Festival, I heartily recommended that we bring our visiting U.S., Russian, French and Chinese musicians here for dinner for a delicious taste of Argentine Italian Fusion food, just a block away from the theater, and to meet a handsome new friend of ours – chef / owner Mariano Alvarez. Vote: unanimous.

For drinks

El Tomate features many Argentinean wines.

Specialities

Argentine Prime Beef, Empanadas, Lasagna.

Special Offers

Daily Fresh Specials.

El Tomato at a Glance

Serving Agrentine Italian Fusion cuisine, with an average cost of 160 pesos per person, El Tomato could be considered Nicely Priced.

Visit El Tomato at

Mesones #62
(415) 154-6390
Visit the El Tomato Website
Open: Daily noon to 9pm

View the walk on which El Tomato features.

See El Tomato on a map of San Miguel de Allende.