Not all was lost. Two other dishes, also bookends, were encouraging. The first, the crema de poblano, a chest-warming corn chowder swimming with tortilla strips, gave off a mild and welcomed heat. The other was the crispy churros dessert, given a sprinkle of sugar and served with a cup of hot chocolate for dipping. I watched as it transported my wife, who is of Mexican heritage, back in time to when she drank Abuelita Mexican hot cocoa.

A grilled porkchop with ancho chili and honey sauce is at home in Komali's chic space.
Sara Kerens
A grilled porkchop with ancho chili and honey sauce is at home in Komali's chic space.

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Komali

4152 Cole Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204-8245

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Uptown & Oak Lawn

Details

Komali 4152 Cole Ave., Ste. 106, 214-252-0200, www.komalirestaurant.com. Open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday. $$-$$$
Queso de cabra: $9 Antojitos Mexicanos: $10.50 Crema de poblano: $6 Vuelve a la vida: $18.50 Pollo en mole negro de Oaxaca: $19 Filete de res almendrado: $25 Chile relleno de jaiba: $16.50 Chocoflan: $6.50 Churros con chocolate: $6.50

At Komali, a web of selections representative of central Mexico and the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Yucatan becomes a sticky knot. If the restaurant is a sign of Mexican food's state in Dallas, let's hope it is a brief stumble.

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Dennis Gonzalez
Dennis Gonzalez

Dude, how much did you eat? Maybe that's why the meal was not to your liking!? When you eat as much as you've listed, you're bound to come away with the Dear-God-if-you promise-that-I-won't-get-sick-I-promise-I-won't-eat-another-bite Syndrome.

As my Mom used to say when we'd eat too fast or too much, "Resuella, hombre!"

Matthew
Matthew

The thing about real Mexican food (the kind you find outside the big cities) is that it's quite bland compared to Tex-Mex and American meals. They don't use a bottle of seasoned salt for taste ...it's all natural. The flavor and spice comes from the natural ingredients like onions, cilantro, garlic, fresh cheeses and creams, and salsas. Now THAT sir is some great eating.

LoveMex
LoveMex

Maldonado went to Mexico as a child and ate at Mexican restaurants in Brooklyn? Really. Well then, clearly everyone should listen up. The Observer is waisting it's money - assuming they actually pay this guy.

Joe L
Joe L

Food snobs continually diss Tex Mex and rhapsodize about authentic Mexican food. I have spent a lot of time in Mexico. Several years ago most of my clients were there.

In reality, it's hard to find a decent meal in Mexico outside private homes. I think it has to do with the lack of high quality ingredients. I really enjoyed working in Mexico, but I would count the days until I could get back to Texas and decent Mexican food.

"Authentic" Mexican restaurants have repeatedly tried to take on the Dallas market. There was "Valentino de Mexico" on Montfort, another Mexican company opened by the ice rink in the Galleria where Mi Cocina is now, and there was "Carlos and Charley" on McKInney. They all folded and went back to Mexico where there is less competition.

I think the fact is, despite the pretentious food snobs, Tex Mex in Texas is just better than Mexican food in Mexico.

Joshua
Joshua

Unless it contains a mega ton of pure lard, and is cooked on a open hearth over horse dung, it will not be authentic.

Coleman
Coleman

Wow, the comments for this article sure do sound like astroturf.

EMC
EMC

Way off Maldonado...Komali is a terrific addition to the Dallas restaurant scene!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Dear Observer, Congratulations! You replaced the terrible Sarah Reiss with someone worse. Maldonado totally missed the boat on his virgin voyage. And....you look a bit silly being totally negative about a place everybody else seems to love. Try again.

Dallas, Born and Raised
Dallas, Born and Raised

Maldonado - You are a fool! Not only did you pick a great couple of dishes, your critique is juvenile and ignorant. Very disappointing for your first run outside of the sand box. Now go back in!!!

This is a great restaurant and so far, from those of us who are REAL Dallas diners, Komali is a perfect combination of food and spirits. Great job at recreating a niche!

LoveMex
LoveMex

Exactly Matthew, and having spent much time in Mexico myself (leaving again next week) I can assure you Komali is the real deal. I guess that's not how Maldonados Mexican food was down in Puerto Rico.

Kasa
Kasa

Your ignorance is bumbling like the idiot reviewing says. Unesco must be mistaken in saying Mexican food is an intangible heritage of humanity, they should have consulted with you.

Sarah Eveans
Sarah Eveans

Sarah Reiss writes for D Magazine, not the Observer. Try again.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

I have been posting on the Observer webpage for a number of years under the name "Dallas Diner," and I did not make this post. I don't know who is using my blog name.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

P.S. Plus I know that this review wasn't Maldonado's "virgin voyage" for the DO, and I know that Sarah Reiss doesn't write for the DO. My guess is that the comment was written under my blog name by someone associated with the restaurant who posted under my blog name (and perhaps those of others) in an effort to dilute the effect of the negative review. Shame on them.

The Real Dallas Diner

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Of course not. However, since I've used it for several years, I want to make sure there is no confusion that I didn't post the comment, especially when the author didn't even know that (1) Maldonado isn't new to the DO, and (2) didn't know that Sarah Reiss doesn't work for the DO. I can live with appearing stupid, but I want to be known for my own stupidity, not someone else's. In the future, to avoid any confusion with the blog name usurper, I could just post under "JimS" since he never makes it over to the food side.

Coleman
Coleman

This is what I thought after reading the first five comments on this article. disgusting behavior.

 
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