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Everything but authentic

india Updated: May 21, 2010 14:39 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
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The first thought that comes to your mind as you enter this colourful joint is how it just fails to make an impression on you.
Whether it’s the very limited menu or the incomplete looking interior to blame, we are not sure. We understand that it’s only been open a couple of weeks, apparently, but now that it is open, why must the customer not get 100 per cent?

Not for real
The authenticity of the food, of course, is a separate saga. Tortillas are written as rotis in brackets on the menu; the jalapeno sauce, which is served complimentary with tortilla chips, merely tastes like thick Tabasco sauce and, bizarrely, an unusual Chicken Tikka makes it to every dish: the Antojitos (appetisers), the Platillos Tradicionales (traditional platters), the Tacos, Burritos and even the Quesadillas.

Unprepared
While the alcohol menu makes up an entire page of the three-sheet menu, their licence is yet to arrive. The Tortillas arrive semi-soggy with juice from the desi mix of finely chopped onions and tomato seeping through. The shrimp in the Tortillas doesn’t taste fresh, while the lamb on the other hand, is not properly cooked.

So much for the Two Tacos Platter (Rs 279), which is served with finely-minced and bland tasting kidney beans, some very South Indian tasting rice, that they insist is authentic, again, and lettuce mixed with onions and tomatoes. Appetising (not)! And, what looks like a drop of sour cream is also somewhere there on the plate. An extra serving of that will cost you Rs 150.

Poor choice
They evidently run short of vegetarian ingredients, because when we order a Vegetarian Bean Burrito platter (Rs 325), we expect a lot of bean in it, but we also expect something more. The only saving grace of the meal is the Chicken Quesadilla (Rs 199), which seems worth its price and the visit.

With a limited number of options on the menu, vegetarians should just not go here. They’ll either be starved for options or just generally, starve because of the quality of the meal.

Unhappening
The only dessert present on the menu is something called Flan (Caramel Custard at Rs 99) and let’s just say, if we hadn’t had to wait another 15 long tedious minutes for the bill to arrive, we may have just asked for the universe to beam us up.

What: Taco Fresco
Where: 14th Road, Next to Café Mangii, Khar West
Call: 2648 4498
What's on the menu: Mexican food
ALCOHOL: Yes, but not yet
Smoking: No

What we like
The service

What we don’t like
The prices
Lack of choice on the menu