Review: FUEGO AT THE MAYA
A special Sunday treat last Easter down by the water in LA, a beautiful view, a beautiful day and a fine end to a wicked weekend. Perfect opportunity to indulge in a treat or two! Feugo is in a lovely setting, it's definitely on the fancy side but I had heard good things about it.
The food looked wonderful but we were just there for a quick drink before heading to the airport. But then I step inside and I am faced with the most whimsical display of pastel delights. It really was a magical sight and - as the cake loving baker I am, I couldn't help but walk towards the display with my eyes wide and licking my lips.
There were biscuits (cookies) decorated so beautifully, petit fours with tiny iced flowers, choux pastry cream filled puffs...oh man it was quite a sight to behold (I sound so greedy!).
Well I didn't get over it so when the waiter brought our drinks I basically asked him outright if I could try one of those delicious looking treats inside? He said yes! Ha! I'm feeling pretty smug and I'm gloating as much as possible to my people round the table at how I get to eat stuff and they don't, plus I don't have to pay. The waiter brings a plate with a whole selection of goodies on it! After being laughed at for my smugness because everyone can now try some, I am granted first taste.
I pick a cream puff filled with pale yellow billowing cream, I shut my eyes and sink my teeth down on to the driest tasteless choux pastry I have ever eaten! My face screws up as the fatty greasy shortening laden filling hits my taste buds. It literally tastes of nothing, nothing with strong side notes of crap.
I was so disappointed! Literally, my heart sank. Why and how did this fail so royally when the rest of the experience was great?! I mumbled 'it's disgusting' to my friends who were watching me half trying to eat and half trying spit out what was in my mouth. I had to try some of the other items - knowing it would be a failure, they were. The biscuits (cookies) were soft in a stale kind of way and the cakes were equally as tasteless and dry. I know from experience that these things were simply made from a bulk box of cheap and nasty 'cake mix' and 'sugar cookie mix'. I know that the ingredients are the cheapest available and shortening plays a key part - which is GROSS.
I'm not a snob and just being over critical but I am a baker, I know the taste of good food and I know the taste of good baking, or at least made from scratch baking. I fully expected the lovely restaurant to have at least baked these items from scratch, especially for that price.
I left feeling so disappointed...what a sad end. Sorry Fuego.
*Please note that this review was solely based on one experience and only refers to the baked items I tested and not the business as a whole.