Entertainment | Restaurants & Dining | September 2008
|Tempting Thai Cuisine at Talento|
Gary R. Beck - PVNN
Delight in the excellent Thai cuisine at Talento Restaurant, where you'll enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience in a distinguished cosmopolitan atmosphere overlooking the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta
|Open daily from 6 pm to 12 am, Talento is located at Paseo Díaz Ordáz 920 and Jesús Langarica in downtown Puerto Vallarta. For more information call (322) 223-2808.|
On a still and warm evening, a group of us opted for a nice breezy outside balcony table to enjoy the parade of vehicles and pedestrians along the Malecón. Being elevated, we were able to recline with a grand vista of Bahía de Banderas and the hotels heading north. This new eatery is chic and modern, classy, simple in earth tones yet elegant.
Chef Luis Jiménez presents Asian creations especially Thai. We shared appetizer portions of shrimp rolls  with tamarind and cilantro, spring roll  with Asian vegetables and Bali Chicken Wings Agridulce. We desired more spring rolls but opted to wait for the entrées
Thai Fish Fillet with a sweet, sour and ginger sauce intrigued us the most. Though slightly crispy outside, the Huachinango flesh was moist and succulent, with the sauce an appropriate backdrop. Whole Huachinango is also available (next visit.)
A good portion of Citrus Chicken Breast with asparagus and broccoli was as expected. Our Beef Tenderloin demi-glacé with crispy Shiitake mushrooms was impressive for the thin deep-fried mushrooms, like light onion rings. The meat was cooked a nice medium rare. Finally, Bali Shrimp were tender and sweet though not plentiful in a sweet, sour and citrus sauce
For those so inclined, the establishment houses a wide selection of Mexican wines in a modern wine cellar, spectacular to browse through the aisles
Open daily from 6 pm to 12 am, Talento overlooks the Malecón at Paseo Díaz Ordáz 920 and Jesús Langarica in downtown Puerto Vallarta. For more information call (322) 223-2808 or visit TalentoRest.com.
After 20 years in the San Francisco restaurant business, Gary R. Beck turned his attentions to cooking, dining out, creating recipes and exploring Puerto Vallarta's rich array of eateries. Famous for his restaurant guide, available online at CafePress.com or Lulu.com, Gary also writes restaurant reviews for Puerto Vallarta newspapers, Bay Area magazines, and now, a feature column for BanderasNews.com. Contact Gary at garyrbeck1(at)yahoo.com.
Click HERE for more articles by Gary R. Beck.