Yea I am all things Mexicana today after I got a lovely invitation to review authentic Mexican food at restaurant Azteca.
It is located at “The Village” Restaurant Complex, off Fahaheel Express, Highway 30. The complex in itself is such a pleasant change from the usual Malls setting as the Green outdoor seating with colourful ambiences look so lively. I had visited the complex earlier for the evenings, however day outing was a first here which I absolutely loved, probably because the weather was still cooperating..
As we entered the restaurant we were quite pleased with the decors which were so much in line with the authenticity that Azteca raves of. Aesthetically done in the hues of Mustard and Blue with some specially imported pieces from Mexico itself gave the place just perfect vibes.
We were warmly received by the staff and I can easily say that the amazing hospitality we received all this while would be a very big factor in deciding to visit that place again, of course the yummilicious times we spent here would contribute greatly too.
Happiness to me is Chips and Guacamole. And this perfect Azteca Guac served in Molcajete (traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle) did just that to me. I totally appreciate the originality with no added mayo or cheese as in other Tex-Mex restaurants.
The drinks Jamaica and Mojito were very refreshing.
Another thing which made my smile wider was Mango Guacamole. And this was the highlight for me as I had not tried it before. All other things same and infused with mango’s sweet and savory flavor. Chunky, Creamy (from perfectly riped avocados and not mayo as I said before), Sweet and Spicy. Could there be a more perfect start – I guess not.
It was quite a sight when the hot chicken and tomato broth was poured over strips of fried corn tortillas. There were toasted ancho chillis, chicken, cheese, avocado and cream. Amazingly Hot and Spicy (on request), soothed my throat and filled the palette with flavors.
Tacos I had all this while in Kuwait meant hard shelled tortillas. Not here though. I really felt like I never actually ate the authentic Mexican cuisine (although I thought I had, until today :P). The flavors, the texture and the servings, all had some or the other highlights which were new.
We ordered Gringa Tacos upon recommendation and I am so glad we did. They were soft flour tortillas filled with melted cheese and chicken (or beef), served with Pineapple on top and rice on side.
Next was Tacos Al Pastor Chicken. Developed in Central Mexico, Al Pastor chicken is based on shawarma spit-grilled meat cooked with a piece of fresh onion and a pineapple on top. This marinated thinly sliced chicken was served with diced onion and pineapple. Although they are made with almost the same ingredients as Gringa but the taste was totally different and full of flavors. Definitely a must try.
And it was time for some sizzling entry by Fajitas
We had ordered a Vegetarian dish for a change and boy it was in no way lesser than what we ate already. The veggies (Mushrooms, carrots, corn, peas, onions and bell peppers) were crackling and crisp and so fresh that it instantly became my hubbys fav. Served with a large serving of rice, sour cream and pico de gallo (salsa made with fresh tomatoes onions and jalapenos). Now that I write about it I really feel that we should have tried the Shrimps sizzler Mojo de ajo as well. To be honest, there were so many variants to choose from that we chose to try the most popular food first as it was our first visit but yes next visit will see a lot of experiments and new orders.
Our big Dessert platter
This was my most favorite part. We were presented a BIG dessert platter garnished beautifully with kiwi, strawberry, mint leaves and jam piping.
There were three strips of long thick Churros, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, one had chocolate sauce, one some milk or cream, and other was plain. Crunchy from outside and softer inside, I thought that this was the best they got until I tried the milk cake named Pastel Tres Leches on its side. OMG it was just so tender, so refreshing, sweetened just the right amount and a First. Of course I have eaten similar taste and composition sweets before but none in the form of cake. We finished it in absolutely no time.
The other cake Pastel Imposible was great too but as we were so much in awe of the previous one couldn’t give it the attention it deserved. It was a chocolate cake with cream cheese flan on top. And now I feel like relishing it all over again.
It was an absolutely impressive debut with Azteca and my mind is still resonating with authentic Mexican vibes and flavors from the day. Definitely going back soon. Do share whats your fav Mexican cuisine which we can try next.