Jesse Gomez and Chef Jose Acevedo of Mercado have given LA a new gift: Maradentro, located in Studio City. As you may know, Mexican is one of our favorites, being that it is very accommodating for gluten sensitivities. We recently had the pleasure of experiencing some of Chef Jose’s classics, many of which are naturally gluten-free. We put our trust in the informative and ever so hospitable manager, Jeff, and allowed him to take the reigns on our order. Read below to experience our meal:
The Chips and Lobster Guacamole is one of a kind; it consists of a generous potion of guac with bacon and lobster laced throughout. For those sensitive to cross contamination, you unfortunately have to steer clear from the chips as they are fried in the same fryer as flour items. We continued with the Tostadas de Ceviche which were fresh Mahi Mahi with avocado, mango, and an aioli. These were a deliciously refreshing pairing to our spicy cucumber jalapeno margaritas!
For our entrees, Chef Jose’s Carnitas were by far our favorite. A specialty, the meat is braised for five hours, and served atop market vegetables. It was so flavorful and tender, it basically fell off the bone. They make for some bomb tacos when stuffed inside a warm corn tortilla. Another great dish is the Chile Relleno de Siete Mares. This dish was so heart-warming and comforting. Poblano chile, shrimp, scallops, mussels, white fish, clams, and calamari were bathed in a delectable chile-tomato broth. When ordered without the ciabatta the dish is GF!
We couldn’t resist dessert and went with their seasonal pumpkin flan, which thankfully will be kept on the menu, because, well, it’s perfect. The consistency is creamier than gelatinous, and served with homemade whipped cream and berries. For the finale, we had a couple scoops of the refreshing mango sorbet. In a city blessed with the most amazing Mexican delicacies and taco stops, Maradentro fits like a glove. A second location is already in the works for Brentwood – Westsiders get ready – Chef Jose’s wonders are comin’ for ya!