The window seat is a wonderful place for little sautéed shrimps, arranged in a neat line with a splatter of cabbage and avocado. Presentation is key at Lo Esencial, this gourmet Mexican restaurant at the entrance to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The space which previously housed Dove Mountain Grill is chic and airy, with high-backed booths and funky spiral sculptures hanging from the walls.
Chef Shawn Watts is particular about the details, from the sour cream sauce that he freshens with dill to the sprinkle of cayenne pepper he tosses on top. But once the taco gets folded up and popped into your mouth, all bets are off. Crisp cabbage, toasty chile or bright tomatoes, you may get a bite of anything. That's what keeps it fresh.
Interesting newsy bit: The restaurant is currently operating on a limited menu until the season picks up Oct. 1. They're also closed on Sundays until the end of this month.
Location: 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.
Hours: Closed Mondays, 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, closed Sundays until Oct. 1
Payment: accepts debit and credit cards