Recently, we were invited to Polanco, the hotel restaurant of the newly-renovated Hilton Mission Valley. Polanco was part of the multi-million dollar renovation project, and I brought along S and our friend A to check it out.
The restaurant is actually right next to the main lobby doors – there’s no formal entrance, so it really feels like part of the hotel. I’ve never stayed at this Hilton before, but the interior looked really nice.
We were seated at one of the booths along the wall, which had a TV built into the wall. I’ve been to another restaurant which has a TV per booth, and while I appreciate it (since I love TV but don’t have one at home, so I always get excited whenever there’s a TV, haha), I also wondered whether it distracts diners too much from their meal experience. Oh well.
The menu was a bit “fusion” – a lot of classic dishes with a Latin twist.We started off with some chili lemon fries, which were nice and crispy, and served with a banana ketchup. I’m not a huge fan of bananas, but the ketchup actually went pretty well with the chili lemon. Mexican corn is one of my favorite foods – the pairing of grilled sweet corn with salty and pungent cheese, spicy chili powder, fresh lime juice, and creamy mayonnaise is just perfect to me, as it touches all the senses of taste. Polanco’s version is quite good – the only complaint that I have is that the amount of toppings on the two cobs differed quite a bit. I wish that they had made it more consistent.