Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Santiago de Queretaro,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
After we strolled through a
where a man was walking his duck, we struck up a conversation with a Father
and his young daughter.
We enjoy asking the locals
why they like living in their location - and, oh by the way, what are your
The Father didn't hesitate,
and recommended two of his favorites:
La Bocha, an Argentine Grill, and
Hacienda La Laborcilla.
Rated as #1 out of 844
reviewed restaurants in
Queretaro City and having received the Traveler's Choice Award, we couldn't
wait to see what the hoopla was all about.
The Entrance to Hacienda La Laborcilla
We took a taxi from
hotel to the Hacienda for 70 Pesos, about $3.50USD.
Mysteriously, the driver
takes us into a small parking lot with various stores, and points in two
In other words - It's
close, but I don't know which way it is.
Billy gets out Google Maps
on his phone and leads the 3 of us to the entrance, which was a short distance to our left.
Wagon of flowers
As we enter this grand place, we run into a
guard who says the restaurant won't be available for seating until 1pm.
Strange... because the hours listed on La
Laborcilla's website said they were open at 8 am.
So... since there were cars in the parking
lot, we simply keep walking towards the restaurant to perhaps take a seat
somewhere and wait for the restaurant to open.
Beautifully, manicured flowers are everywhere
as we wander towards the lobby.
Swimming pool surrounded by flowers and
We enter the lobby, and see that the
restaurant is... Busy!
The hostess asks if we have reservations, and
we say "No. We'd like to eat lunch here, however." Then she asks us another
question... What means of transportation did we take to arrive at the
Then she takes our temperature, asks our name
and writes all of this information down in her book!
We have no idea what's going on, but the
place is beautiful and obviously very popular, so we go with it.
Akaisha seated at our garden table
We are taken past the swimming pool and off
to the right where we are seated at one of the many garden tables.
At least one was open!
Seriously, there are flowers everywhere.
After observing for a while we figured that
there must have been a wedding reception or special occasion in order for the
place to be so busy. People were dressed in their finery, including the
This might have been why the guard told us
that we might have to wait for a table.
This Hacienda was built in the 18th century
and has been restored in its entirety, now to become a restaurant.
Since we were seated, I took a little walk
around this gorgeous place, only to discover that there are authentic replicas
of the Louvre museum of Roman, Hindu and Egyptian statues.
Bars and other seating were in various
locations each giving a different view of the gardens and the swimming pool.
After my returning to our table, service was
fairly quick and professional.
Wines by the glass or by the bottle seemed
too pricy, so we all settled for beers.
Even with this introduction, we were looking
forward to what this restaurant - with its focus on French/Mexican/International
food - had to offer.
The menu above shows salmon, octopus, shrimp,
chicken, stews and various presentations of beef.
Cream of Poblano chili soup
What caught my attention about this soup, was
that it came with Roquefort mousse.
I had never had that before, and it piqued my
That's what I like - something new and
different - with contrasting flavors that work well together.
The waiter came and poured the soup over this
crouton with the Roquefort mousse on top.
Cream of Poblano chili
This was a winner.
The Poblano chili was
mildly spicy and held its own.
With a tiny scoop of the
mousse, this dish became extravagant and was elevated to superb.
Each spoonful was a
I also ordered this Salmon Carpaccio, which
is thinly sliced raw salmon with a drizzled dressing, cracked black pepper,
diced red onions, fresh lettuces and some herbs.
Together, both of these dishes were rich, and
plenty filling for me.
Filet de Res in Salsa Estragon
Billy ordered a beef filet with tarragon
sauce. He is used to Béarnaise sauce on beef, but this was the first time he had
a tarragon sauce and he really enjoyed it!
Again, something new, and delectable.
The crispy parsley on top added a different
Salmon in orange sauce
This salmon dish was colorful.
The Chinese green peas and grilled pineapple
made a contrast to the bright orange and chipotle sauce.
The salmon was cooked perfectly.
Here in Mexico, we have found waiters asking
how we want our seafood prepared, and for salmon they recommend "medium".
This approach is new to us, but I suppose
some people want their fish cooked well!
Freshly made churros
with 3 sauces
Not that we needed it, but
since we were in such a wonder-filled restaurant, we decided to order a variety
of desserts to share.
The Hacienda has their own
bakery, so everything is made in the moment.
Churros, from Spanish and
Portuguese origins, are a fried dough rolled in sugar. These churros were served
warm and were accompanied by 3 different dipping sauces: Creme Anglaise, a
cajeta (caramelized milk), and liquid dark chocolate.
This was a pistachio macaroon on a bed
of cajeta with a dark chocolate drizzle and raw brown sugar.
Borrachitos with glazed fruit and vanilla
The winner in the dessert department were
these Borrachitos - "little drunks" - with glazed fruit, vanilla ice cream, crème fraiche and a fruit crisp topping the ice cream.
The Borrachitos were fresh melt-in-your-mouth
The whole thing was decadent.
The bill for 3 people
Before tip for the 3 of us,
the bill came to $83USD.
Our bill for the two of us
was 1,250Pesos or $63USD including our tip.
This Hacienda was more than
Special events like
weddings, Quince de Anos, Anniversaries, birthdays and graduations are
celebrated at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Bring a special person here and
Would we return?
Hacienda La Laborcilla
Residenciales, Queretaro City 76168 Mexico
Tele: +52 442 245 1695
Open daily at 8 am
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