A delightful fusion of Southwestern and Latin styles, creatively presented in traditional and Tappas
We discovered Cafe Paladar, a new Southwestern food offering in north San Antonio, whilst looking for someplace a bit different for Sunday brunch last weekend. This new restaurant opened by owners Chef Brian and Mary West along Loop 1604 near Texas 281 was a delightful surprise and a welcome addition to our select list of San Antonio's best restaurants. We are foodies who have sampled the best gourmet faire in Paris, London, Rome, Sydney, Cape Town, Tokyo, HongKong, New York City, Los Angeles and countless other centers of dining excellence.in between. The masterful fusion of Southwestern and Latin flavors, textures and colors at Cafe Paladar was in the finest traditions of the best of our experiences. Chef Brian's offerings mix Tappas and multi-course styles seamlessly. The Brunch menu started with a family-style Tappas selection of four light explorations of sweet, tart and delicate tastes (sort of an Amuse Bouche Potpourri). The meal ended with a creative offering of four different light desert surprises, each with a different consistency. In between were more traditional soups, salads and entrees with a non-traditional attention to flavor and pleasing texture, and each built anticipation for the course to follow. By the end of the meal we had experienced a series of taste highs that had us talking Chef Brian's ear off. I can still taste my Apple Butter Glazed Chilean Sea Bass!!! We have already planned for our next visit to Cafe Paladar, and we highly recommend that y'all do the same.