Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mestizo - Warren Street

If you want real authentic Mexican food then I would highly recommend Mestizo. It's a bit more expensive than your average"Tex-Mex" but worth it. When it comes to Mexican food people tend to think of the out of the box Old El Paso meals, but at Mestizo you need to be open minded and understand that Old El Paso meals does not represent real Mexican food. Mestizo cook with native ingredients like mole and have a great selection of traditional dishes on the menu from different regions in Mexico.

For starters we had the:
- Chicken with chilli strips and mushrooms tamales - green tomatillo, onion, garlic, jalapeño chilli, green pepper, thyme and coriander cooked with chicken and chicken broth. Placed in the corn meal in a banana leaf and steamed for 1½ hours. 
- Chicken mole tamales - tomato, traditional mole paste (the one with chocolate) and shredded chicken breast added to a corn meal in a corn husk, then quickly steamed.

Both starters tasted better than they looked. I've eaten food before that has been wrapped in banana leaf and it always has that distinct flavour, which makes everything taste the same.

Tamales unwrapped
For my main I had the house special ‘Mestizo’ - the restaurant's famous dish. You can choose between beef, chicken or a vegetarian option as the main ingredient. My friend and I went for chicken, which was served in a sizzling stone pig-faced bowl with cheese, chorizo, spring onions, coriander and avocado. This was delicious and I would recommend this dish to anyone who visits Mestizo. I loved how the sauce was continuously bubbling as we tucked in, infusing the flavours in front of our very eyes. With each spoon we lifted out of the bowl you could see the melted cheese hanging off the spoon. 

I loved the pig head on the stone bowl
I greatly enjoyed my meal at Mestizo, the restaurant is modern and the service was great. The waiter was very attentive and always checked if we enjoyed the meal and kept topping up our complimentary nachos. 

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