Posted by: Josey | October 26, 2008

Mole, Mole, Mole (Mo-Lay, Mo-Lay, Mo-Lay)

As a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous—whoops, so much for anonymous!—I always order chicken enchiladas with mole sauce when it’s on the menu at Mexican restaurants. With chocolate as one of its main ingredients, it’s like being a little kid who gets to order dessert for a main course. What’s not to love about that?

Last Saturday night in London, I was out with Jeff and Friends™ in London’s charming-shopping-and-pubs-by-day, wild-and-crazy-people-chugging-pints-of-beer-in-the-streets-by-night area of Covent Garden. Authentic our restaurant was not; it was more of a Mexican theme restaurant—it’s called Wahaca, whereas the restaurant’s namesake, the actual town in Mexico is called Oaxaca… not to mention hearing “Happy Birthday” sung at least seven times during our two-hour dining experience. But the atmosphere was a lot of fun and I also loved my drink—or should I say drinks: a shot of tequila to sip served with an orange-, pomegranate- and tomato-based juice “sangrita” on the side.

And then we ordered. When Keri and I each asked for the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce, the waiter asked us, “You know what that is, right?” which we found a bit strange. We responded yes, then questioned him as to why he’d asked. He explained that so many people have ordered that dish and sent it back to the kitchen that Wahaca management is now requiring servers to make sure the patrons are aware of what they’re ordering. That, of course, begs the question, Why on Earth would someone order something having no idea whatsoever what it is?

It also begs the question: Is mole sauce that exotic?
(Apparently it is in London.)


  1. I obsessively love Mexican food and I’ve never tried mole sauce!

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