Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Una comida deliciosa

Now that you’re done google translating the blog-post title, let’s get to the review :D

Out of the various things I miss in Mumbai, one of them has got to be Sammy Sosa (A Mexican restaurant located in Oshiwara) apart from the amazing Mexican food they serve; this place has too many memories attached to it as well. Moreover I have tried several other Mexican restaurants in Mumbai as well but absolutely disliked those.

Surprisingly the first Mexican restaurant I visited in Abu Dhabi turned out to be a mind-blowing experience. Cantina Laredo located in Khalidiya Mall, is all about tortillas, enchiladas, nachos and margaritas.

A friend of mine was celebrating his birthday and decided to have a small dinner gathering here and on just hearing the cuisine Cantina serves, I was absolutely thrilled. Any food that is served with over-flowing cheese automatically gets my mouth watering.

We called for Laredo Fries, Pollo Chipotle and Chicken Fajita. It must have been the very first time I visited a Mexican restaurant and did not call for Nachos or Quesadillas.

I had also called for a Sangria Swirl which was a traditional Mexican frozen lime cocktail swirled with sangria. Thankfully for this one time, the taste of the lime wasn't overshadowing the sangria taste.

They also had Mango Lassi in their drinks section which was quite funny for a Mexican restaurant to have. I was almost convinced to try it out but decided against it thankfully.

Moving on to the Laredo Fries which were Mexican style fries smothered in chili con queso and melted mixed cheese, topped with taco meat and sour cream. So this pretty much tasted like Nachos, but obviously the nachos were replaced by Fries. The meat was very well cooked. Even though this was considered to be an appetizer, it was very filling.

Next we had the Pollo Chipotle which was basically grilled chicken breast topped with a creamy smokey chipotle pepper sauce and melted Monterey jack cheese. This was so full of flavour and even though I absolutely love cheese, we all know an over-dosage of it in a dish can spoil the taste, but this has the right amount which made it extremely tasty.

Lastly the Chicken Fajita which was chicken that was warmly served in a sizzling skillet with grilled onions and peppers. It was served with flour tortillas, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. This again did taste quite good, not the best I've ever had however.

I would definitely recommend the Laredo Fries and Pollo Chipotle. If you're a fan of Mexican food, you are sure to fall in love with Cantina.

The staff here was friendly and also almost convinced us that they serve liquor but just to see our reaction. They knew their food well; our waiter also served us guacamole that he made live on our table itself which complimented the free tortilla chips we were served.

The ambiance is elegant, a good fine dining restaurant. However the place was rather empty when we went.
It is no doubt slightly expensive, but I personally think it was totally worth the experience we had here.

Overall nachos nahi khaya par khaana khake nachne ka man zarur kiya (Sorry, my post in incomplete without a PJ)

I would rate this place a 4/5

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