Tokyo. A food lovers paradise. Some non Japanese food they do very well, others they fail miserably. Mexican/TexMex food is a simple cuisine that manages to get massacred by most places that attempt it. I make my own and refrain from disappointment at usually overpriced establishments who shouldn't bother in the first place.
I gave this one a try. Not just to please the accompanying members but why not?! I heard good things. Good things from Americans. They know good Mexican food usually.
A dive is a word that has been used to describe this place and it's quit fitting, nice characteristics, a change from the usual bleak pretentious establishments all over this city. The setting was good for what I was hoping would be good food too.
First came the nachos. Made in house it seems, and not the generic handful of Doritos you usually get. Topped with passable gucamole, sour cream and chopped tomatoes (add onions, add cilantro, make it somewhat authentic). It was actually not too bad. The beans underneath it all were a good touch. My only complaint is the size. Japan is known for small portions, a tradition that needs to be broken every now and then.
I opted for pork fajitas as my main. pork and fajitas, an odd combo and my expectations were exactly high. Done in carnitas style with 4 corn tortillas (you get to choose), these didn't disappoint. And no complaints about the size either. My fajita experience thus far in Japan has been horrendous where it's deemed acceptable to compensate with the lack of vital ingredients by throwing a ton of cabbage in there and hoping for the best. No cabbage here. Size up on the beans and sides and they'd be onto something here. The spicy chicken fajitas (spicy coming at an extra cost) is something I would refrain from eating though. If you want chicken, get regular and douse it in the jalapeño sauce they offer which I could eat on its own. The quantity of chicken was meager and the quality didn't impress.
The main downside here is the usual irrelevant Japanese restaurant trait of making a drink order compulsory. it can be fine, but when a glass of any carbonated drinks is 500yen minus tax, that is an offense that should be punishable. This is outrageous and a complete disgrace, along with the mandatory drink purchase. It needs ending. It is theft.
Overall the experience was pleasant and it's nice to know that Tokyo doesn't always fail when it comes to Mexican food. Owners if you are reading, here's a tip for you. When someone is eating, let them eat and do not take their plate away from them when they have lifted the fork to their mouth. And when others are still eating, let everyone finish before clearing the table. This is not good
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