June 24, 2015
I know some may find this hard to believe, but I had never had cilantro until I was about 20 years old. I had been to Don Pablos plenty of times before "the incident" and hadn't experienced any issues. My boyfriend and I sat and ordered. I got my usual enchildas. When my food came, I took a couple of bites and then came the cringe. I told him that I thought there was soap in my food. I got the waiter and after hearing my fear, in turn, got the manager, a very pleasant, very concerned gentleman. Then, before I knew it, there were 3 managers scrambling to the kitchen to taste sauces. They were in a visable panic. Eventually, they came back with no explanation. I decided to ask if they had changed the recipe. He said yes, that they now include cilantro. I deduced that must be it and ordered something without it. I didn't encounter it again until years later because it seems that now almost ALL of the Mexican restaurants and anyone, anywhere that is making salsa decides to include this disgusting parsley imposter. It is foul and ruins perfectly delicious food with its very existance. I think people need to be much more aware of the distain for this horrid, soapy-tasting "herb" when making food for others. It can ruin an entire dinner party with its presence!