Finding quality tacos on the Westside is a different story than in other parts of town. The beach cities focus more on high-end fancy restaurants that serve tacos, but I get the feeling that there is often a backlash against charging so much for tacos. Ever read reviews of Blue Plate Taco or James Beach? Ouch.
Tacos Punta Cabras seems to bridge the gap between offering gourmet level tacos in a setting that caters to the bohemian street taco crowd. The tacos that Tacos Punta Cabras churns out are the first that I would call refreshing. All ingredients have an excellent crisp freshness to them. The seafood they use are fried in tempura, which is what in part gives the tacos their light flavor. The tortillas are made in house, which seriously makes a world of difference when making a great taco.
The flavors of the tacos can best be described as subtle and while delicious you're not going to get a "WOAH" kind of moment you might get elsewhere. The seafoods' flavor is mild, as is the thinly sliced radish and cabbage that adorn the top. But that might be the where the salsa come in. Their salsas are out of this world, the variety of heat and flavors are outstanding, so while you are expected to throw some down on each taco, it bears warning that the subtle balance of other flavors can be wiped out by their strong salsas. The chipotle salsa has such a rich and smoky flavor, something that can't be accurately described in words. You're just gonna have to go try it.
Quality also comes at a price, the fish and scallop tacos were each $3.75, and the shrimp tacos are market-priced, which ended up costing five bucks the day of my visit. Its a little steep, but don't let that deter you from paying these guys a visit. There is one other thing about this restaurant, however. The interior seat cushions are FILTHY. Like, they look like a rain drenched kids' soccer team crawled all over them and no one bothered to throw em in the wash. I don't get it, cause the rest of the restaurant appeared to be at least reasonably clean. Besides that, I think the way they make tacos here is different enough from your average seafood tacos to be worth the trip, and the salsas alone are worth intrigue.