Former Juarez restaurant AROMA moves to El Paso, bringing outst...

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RDS

El Paso, TX

#1 Mar 5, 2010
And if you eat there, you are supporting an indicted Mexican criminal with a shady past. So, go ahead and give your money to the cartel.
brighten

El Paso, TX

#3 Mar 5, 2010
RDS I could agree more these people come here to spread their bad influence on our community.

DON'T SPEND YOUR MONEY AT MEXICAN BUSINESS!!!
Mirian

El Paso, TX

#4 Mar 5, 2010
Sorry,

I have to respectfully disagree. My sister and I went to Aroma and our experience was nothing like yours.

I ordered the grilled salmon dish with asian vegetables, she ordered the Ahi tuna salad.

My salmon was overcooked, the side of rice I ordered was way undercooked (it was nice and crunchy), and the asian vegetables were a victim of a pepper spill in the kitchen. There was so much pepper, they were inedible.

Her salad looked pretty, but that was about it. The dish was drowning in the sweet vinagrette dressing, making everything taste like a bowl of sugar. Her tuna was cooked nicely, but again the dressing overpowered the taste.

The only upside was the MUSAC of lounge stylings of some of our favorite early 90s grunge band songs. Did you know there is a lounge version of Smells like Teen Spirit. Had us laughing for hours after.

The $50.00 we paid for lunch was WAAAY not worth it.
molar

El Paso, TX

#5 Mar 5, 2010
i rather eat at home...drug money restaurant
dog

United States

#6 Mar 5, 2010
More proof that big drug money runs El Paso.
Shocked

Santa Rosa, CA

#7 Mar 5, 2010
$7.50 for dessert? In El Paso? No way!

However, if you don't want to support Mexican businesses, you should move out of El Paso!
Stv2

El Paso, TX

#8 Mar 5, 2010
If you go, keep your eye on the door! Just watch, they're going to bring the violence down here. Beware...they're looking out for you. They've already started black-handing, downtown business, from what I've heard.
EPT

United States

#9 Mar 5, 2010
RDS wrote:
And if you eat there, you are supporting an indicted Mexican criminal with a shady past. So, go ahead and give your money to the cartel.
The reason aroma shut down in Juarez was because it was burned down by a rival cartel and now the owner was arrested for fraud..i'll never go there...ever
Richard

AOL

#10 Mar 5, 2010
I have been twice and everytime it gets worse. The wait staff hardly speak english and the owner is rude and arrogant. KARMA. Hope they close quicker than they opened and take their mexican thugs and drug money back to the great country of mexico
Richard

AOL

#11 Mar 5, 2010
I agree. BOYCOTT mexican owned businesses. They are ALL laundering drug money. GO HOME
Pasoan

El Paso, TX

#12 Mar 5, 2010
Yes amigos, El Paso is getting a lot of mafia business men from Juarez, just look that place on George Dieter callen Nova Luna. Who spent $100,000 just on lighting?????? Just drug lords spent money like that.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#14 Mar 5, 2010
The US economy is down, El Paso unemployment is at a high level and yet EX-Pat Mexicans have the capital to continue to invest in El Paso. They seek the luxury and sanctuary that they think El Paso provides, and many need to put their ill got money to use. Those who think El Paso can separate itself from the Narco wars need to evaluate how these folks continue to thrive in El Paso both in their businesses and El Paso's high end neighborhoods. The day will come when their partners and compadres will bring the full violence of Juarez onto El Paso's streets
Daddy Warbucks

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Mar 5, 2010
Drug laundering has been going on for decades; it has been a way of life here on BOTH sides of the border. While I am no fan of fronchis, I am a realist, our economies are interdependent on each other, that being both legal and illicit ventures. Anybody who thinks differently is fooling themselves.
Rey

AOL

#16 Mar 5, 2010
My wife and I went to a NEW Optical shop on the eastside. New guy, just moved his business from Juarez. The employee was extremely annoyed and rude because I refused to speak spanish.

This guy just lost TWO customers because of his employees.
Nice review

El Paso, TX

#17 Mar 5, 2010
The thing with restaurants from Juarez is that for the most part they really aren't that good. They have successfully created a name for themselves through decor and possibly service, certainly not food. Think about how a restaurant in Juarez works, usually great service (because labor is dirt dirt cheap), american prices (because since the restaurant is nicely decorated they get away with it), and low quality and average food. There definitely are exceptions. These owners then think they can come to El Paso and continue business the same way they do in Juarez. First of all wages, taxes and licenses are significantly higher here. For them to continue making the same profit they need to raise prices. But remember people who go to these nicer places here are picky and will not put up with high prices for low quality. It seems that many of these restaurants are doing just this. People paying these high bills are walking away feeling as though they didnt get their moneys worth. I want improved quality not stacked food on a plate with garnish around the rim. Impress me with food not plasma tv's.
Overall the review was good although it seems the writer was more impressed by some buttons on the table rather than with the food.
FELIZ DE LA VIDA

Florissant, MO

#18 Mar 5, 2010
ESTAS BIEN HAMARGADO
Joe 47

El Paso, TX

#19 Mar 5, 2010
FELIZ DE LA VIDA wrote:
ESTAS BIEN HAMARGADO
No estas en Mejico pen dejo

Speak English you s.o.b.
No Mamen

El Paso, TX

#20 Mar 5, 2010
Joe 47 wrote:
<quoted text>
No estas en Mejico pen dejo
Speak English you s.o.b.
It's spelled Mexico, guey... Ah, y chinga tu madre, pendejo.
Joe

El Paso, TX

#21 Mar 6, 2010
Nice review wrote:
The thing with restaurants from Juarez is that for the most part they really aren't that good. They have successfully created a name for themselves through decor and possibly service, certainly not food. Think about how a restaurant in Juarez works, usually great service (because labor is dirt dirt cheap), american prices (because since the restaurant is nicely decorated they get away with it), and low quality and average food. There definitely are exceptions. These owners then think they can come to El Paso and continue business the same way they do in Juarez. First of all wages, taxes and licenses are significantly higher here. For them to continue making the same profit they need to raise prices. But remember people who go to these nicer places here are picky and will not put up with high prices for low quality. It seems that many of these restaurants are doing just this. People paying these high bills are walking away feeling as though they didnt get their moneys worth. I want improved quality not stacked food on a plate with garnish around the rim. Impress me with food not plasma tv's.
Overall the review was good although it seems the writer was more impressed by some buttons on the table rather than with the food.
Most of them are just fronts for drug dealing. The real business goes on behind the scenes. The food is just a pretense so that's why it tastes bad.
eastexas

Harrisburg, PA

#22 Mar 6, 2010
You all remind me of the days when you people who stole this country from the Indians said that all the Italian immigrants were Mafiosi and and all the Italian restaurants were fronts for organized crime.
Anybody want to stand behind those statements today?
In about 50 years, you're going to look just as bigoted about the Mexicans. In fact, you look that bigoted now.

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