Daily: 11:00 - 14:30
Daily: 17:30 - 23:00
Serving Mexican food, this restaurant is located along Purvis Street.
I stumped upon this place thru buying the coupon offered online. The coupon was applicable for a 3-Course tasting menu that includes exciting options like Meat Balls for starters, Beef Stew for main course and Ancho chilli chocolate cake. It also includes a free margarita too.
The owner of the restaurant were very helpful and friendly which adds up to the good dining experience we had for the night.
I'll be back again for the Ancho Chilli Chocolate Cake which was indeed very good.
If you are looking for authentic mexican food, this is definitely not the place for you. My husband and I decided to try out the restaurant after reading pretty good reviews in 8 days. We went there on a Saturday night, around 7+pm and only 2 tables were occupied at the time (2 more tables were filled subsequently). Definitely not a good sign. We ordered the tasting menu, which was value for money, since it came with three courses and a margarita. I had the chili nogada, Comarones con Diablo, ice-cream with strawberry salsa. The husband had crab gazpacho, Carne con chile Colorado, and Ancho chili chocolate cake. The only saving grace of this restaurant is the chili nogada. The comarones con diablo (prawns cooked with chipotle, chillis and coconut cream, served with angel hair) tasted only of coconut cream, totally un-mexican. The carne con chile tasted like beef rendang, very very different from the ones we are used at other mexican restaurants. The ice cream with strawberry salsa was the worst. Try pairing ice cream with onions, cilantro, garlic and tomatoes and tell me if you enjoyed it.
Not only was the food unpalatable, the service left much to be desired as well. The waitress was rather deaf (maybe the music was too loud) and we had to repeat our orders a few times. She kept on going, "Sorry?Sorry?" It got pretty annoying after a while. Considering that there were only 2 tables occupied at the time, it was totally unacceptable that we had to wait 15-20 mins just to be served our margaritas. The hub was getting pretty murderous by the time our drinks arrived. The food took way too long to arrive as well.
The ambience was fine. Pretty good for chilling out. You wouldn't think it was a mexican restaurant at all, given its minimalist decor.
In sum, I will not return to this restaurant, given its bad food and service.
absolutely loved my dining experience in this quaint mexican retaurant. it was well furbished, good music in the background (not blaring, not too soft), candle lit and good and smiley servers. the menu was the valentines menu but, we opted al la carte dishes and a peppers for starters. using only the freshest of ingredients, the red snapper was just an explosion of juicy fish and pineapple with a soft hint of mexican flavour! his dish was a beef with pumpkin mash. it was such a beautifully designed mix of texture and taste for the pallet.
dessert was fun too! hot chocolate cake with a dallop of vanilla ice cream. sounds common but, together, they were a perfect hot and cold blend.
After reading so many good reviews that were initially posted here, I felt really excited to try this new place out. Hence, I made my reservation for Valentines' Day.
I also wish to clarify that it does not mean those with only 1 reviews are not reliable/ real, we were just starting out later. My review is 100% honest and true.
Back to the topic, my bf and I went to the restaurant for dinner. We were given the set menu for Vday but decided not to choose any dishes from there. Instead, we chose our choice of starters, main from their ala carte menu (partly also because I read some of the earlier raves of their good food).
1) I have to agree with Ef's review on the ambiance, decos and the staffs services - the place is pretty with the decos and red walls, and the ambiance for last night was good. They had candles on each table; Romantic feeling. However, the music selection last night was not as romantic as the settings were. I thought Vday, they should at least have played some romantic, slow and soft music.
2) The service staffs I felt, were kinda inexperienced as they were not sure of the food they served. Although there weren't many couples in the house last night, but I felt that they were shorthanded. The Management should at least have 3 servers but there were only 2 yesterday. But overall, they were very friendly and prompt in responding to our needs.
We ordered quite a bit to share among the two of us.
We tried the Chili Nogada ($9.70): It was a little too spicy for me so my poor bf have to finish the two chili himself. But I ate a little of the stuffings inside the chili, the beef was a little chewy. Nothing really fantastic other than the thrill of spiciness, if you are looking for one.
We also ordered their supposed Meatballs($10.80): it was yummy for me. The meat were mashed up just nice, not too mashed up. The sauce also goes along well with it too. It was also a little spicy but bearable. This is also an additional dish we ordered after the mix-up.
I had the Chicken Ballontine ($17.90): I loved this dish a lot! The chicken was done just right - very tender and juicy. I believe they used the thigh part of the chicken. The shitake mushroom wrapped inside was very juicy as well. The vegetables that were lying at the bottom adds on to the sweetness of the dish. I would really come back for this dish!
We initially ordered the Ribeye Steak ($26) but was served the Beef Kebab ($18.90): After clarifying with the waiter, he confirmed with the Chef that they had the orders wrong (?) and he didn't know that the Steak was not available. We were quite alright with the alternative so we didn't really make a fuss. The beef kebabs were a little too tough for us (we chose the beef to be done medium rare). But the side dishes that came along were very refreshing and I especially like to wrap it with the taco wrap they provided. :)
After reading so many reviews on their signature Ancho Chili Chocolate Cake($6.90): I just had to have this! I am glad I stick to my stand and asked my bf to get this. Even my bf said it was nice. This is awesome and I believe chocolate lovers and girls would love this cake alot! It is so chocolaty that it makes me wanna go for another piece but I still have to care about my weight :p The coconut sauce on top of the cake was not too thick and suits well with the cake. I was very tempted to pack this back for my breakfast too!
Room for improvement:
After so many positive points mentioned, I think there are some areas that the Management should take note of. My bf and I were there at around 730pm but we only managed to have our mains at 845pm sharp. We waited for our starters for quite a while but I thought that was okay. The only not okay thing was the waiting time for our mains - other couple from other tables who arrived later than us was served faster than us and I was wondering if it was because they ordered the set dinner.... I think the Management have to consider speeding up the cooking process so that the waiting time will be reduced... The management should also come up with a drinks menu so that we would not ask for what non-alcoholic drinks are available. As of last night, we had to ask for the drinks menu only to find that they doesn't have that.
Other than that, I'm pretty satisfied with my dinner last night and am glad I didn't back out last minute! :)