This homelike Mexican restaurant run by friendly husband and wife team Jose Carlos de la Macorra and Maria Batiz has a cult following. We are not sure if we want more people to know about this treasure…it is busy enough as it is! However, we are committed to sharing our cheapeats secrets with you.
Jose and Maria run this little corner of Mexico as a labour of love, hence the limited hours. Jose prepares everything in the tiny kitchen, and Maria staffs the counter. I once asked Jose why he didn’t increase the opening hours, and he said “because it wouldn’t be fun anymore!” He has his priorities right.
This is a very informal place where you pick up your cutlery when you place your order, and pour your own water. Serving can be rather hectic (dare I say chaotic?), so just go with the flow.
I have been here several times and can recommend almost everything on the menu. I say almost, because after several attempts, I still cannot get a taste for mole (a dark sauce with a savoury/chocolate flavour).
My favourite item on the menu is the soft shrimp taco. I love food that is full of flavour, and this has it in spades. Think several large shrimp, diced avocado and tomato, chopped olives, capers and garlic wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. Yum! I usually have a juice to drink and this time loved the pineapple and coconut combination – sort of a pina colada without the alcohol.
The servings are not huge, so you may want to order more than one item per person if you are really hungry. The Aztec Hotpot ($9) is filling with chicken, corn and cheese. Other items on the menu include the chicken mole ($12), relleno ($12); enchiladas ($12) and crispy chicken taco ($9). Desserts are mostly $4 and they make their own crème caramel. I am always tempted to try the bunuelo ($4), described as a large sweet doughnut but looks like a huge puffed pastry shell sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
Bring your shopping list for those hard-to-find ingredients. There is a shop area with everything you could want.