Colombo is brimming with Indian, Japanese, and Chinese restuarants and the whole international cuisine scene, but one that's not being given a lot of attention is undoubtedly the Mexican cuisine. Mex at Casa Colombo is trying to bridge that gap though!
As far as the menu at Mex is concerned, everything looks Mexican enough as they have got a mix of traditional Mexican and Tex Mex, ranging from the nachos to the burritos. Mex allows you to personalize your mains by laying down a range of bases to select from, followed by the preferred filling and salsa. This is the spot for the control freaks who love Mexican food.
I wanted crispy corn tacos, but it wasn't available. So, we ended up ordering a portion of enchiladas (Rs 1200) with a crabmeat baja style filling (Rs 175) followed by a mango-pineapple salsa, and a portion of quesadilla (Rs 1350) followed by a tex mex char-grilled chicken and fire roasted tomato and chipotle salsa.
The portion was small. This would not fill any average person who isn't trying to look like an Italian model. Mex really needs to make its portion sizes bigger. I wouldn't want to bust Rs 1375 (and taxes) just to go home to have some more food to fill me up. As for taste, the enchilada was packed with the crab meat and topped with some nice mozarella. The menu stated my filling would be spicy, but alas, it was more on the tomato side of the spectrum than the chilli end.
What I liked best was the mango-pineapple salsa which cut through with a sweet tang now and then. A little more salsa, too, would not be frowned upon. Overall, it was good although not spicy, and not filling at all.
The quesadilla, in comparison to the enchilada, was way more filling as there were 3 tortillas used. The chicken was really tasty and slightly spicy.
The only let down was the salsa. Where was the salsa? Why could we not taste the salsa? The mysterious salsa case was resolved when I decided to be brave enough to rip open the quesadilla.
Where was the salsa? The questions started to flood again until my friend and I realized that the orangish tint was the salsa. Nice.
So, more of the fire roasted tomato and chipotle salsa would have made our meal better with an extra kick of spice being added.
For dessert we got ourselves a portion of churros (Rs 600) to be shared between the two of us. We got only 4 churros. Not. Cool. At. All.
But they tasted amazing. Light and crispy, they tasted really good with the accompanying strawberry sauce and chocolate sauce (better with the strawberry!).
We were the only ones after a group of three men left within 15 minutes. So, attention was all to us. Yay!
It's pretty common to find stewards who are annoyingly hovering all over you when your table is the only occupied one, but that wasn't an issue here. After placing the order, we were left to ourselves. So, Mex is ideal if you want to feel like a growing teenager and just want some space. Despite not having waitstaff around, we were attended to quite well.
The ambience here is rather confusing. Nothing here screams Mexican. It gives a more Indian and Chinese vibe than Mexican. I expected vibrant colors shooting from different corners and a steward wearing a sombrero, but nah, no mex in Mex.
But they have got a dope fan. A two-blade, giant-sized fan that looks just too cool.
(ED Note : They've basically retained the entire decor from the previous restaurant incarnation of the space, HVN. This should explain why the interior is so random, and so very un-Mexican)
The portion size is definitely a major Mex meh. No one, not even Bill Gates, would want to pay for a meal that doesn't fill them up. Qualitywise, too, there is a lot Mex could improve. There is nothing that leaves you going WOWZAMEXISMYLIFE. It's not bad, but it's just not great.
It's definitely one of the most chilled places you could go to though. Perfect for date nights, or nights with a date, or a meal with a girl, or a meal with a boy, or just a meal by yourself because you don't want people seeing you eating by yourself.
(All you singles, join me. We can cry together.)
If you are in the mood for some tacos, quesadilla and chimichangas, Mex has got your back.
MEX at Casa looks to offer Colombo’s only real Mexican dining experience, but they’ve got a ways to go both in terms of execution and theme. Here’s our first look.
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