I went to Andaluz for my birthday because I had heard so many amazing things about it.
I assumed it had to be good. The service was fantastic, the atmosphere was comfortable, the food was a different story altogether.
I couldn't believe that this came to us from the people that brought La Capitale and La Margarita. Those two restaurants have never disappointed me, but Andaluz made me sad on my birthday.
We asked if the sangria had fruit in it and were told that it did, the "fruit" came on a stick dropped into the sangria. It tasted okay.
We ordered clams, squid, kale and squash on crostini, potatoes, bread, and the olive plate.
I expected the potatoes to be cooked with seasoning, but they had the appearance of just having seasoning shaken on top after they were cooked. The clams were spectacular, the squid was the perfect texture, but I might as well have been given a salt lick. The crostini wasn't what I expected either, it was unreasonably hard, I was a little afraid that I would break my teeth.
I really wanted to like this place. Alas, I cannot say that I did.
Pros: Amazing service, easy-to-find location, great clams, comfortable atmosphere.
Cons: Too much salt and bread that makes teeth afraid. :(
I'm rather convinced that I was just there on a bad night. Maybe the chef that night was a smoker and over-seasons, maybe I was just being punished by the food gods.
I'm sticking with La Margarita and La Capitale.
Some of the food was cooked really well, the squid was a perfect texture, but it was an adventure in over-seasoning.
130 High Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97301