Last week, we took a drive to The Beach to this rustic establishment called Poco Loco. The walls painted in various colours and a vibe that will almost make you stand up and dance to the Spanish tunes playing. Almost. Most of the time, these ventures are packed with crowds which contribute to the lively ambience factor, unfortunately, the place was empty when we visited. Continue reading “Does this Mexican venue make you go Loco?”
I am a big fan of Spanish or Texmex food and when I was invited to sample the menu of La Tablita, my joy knew no bounds. La Tablita is located at the new Hyatt Regency, Umm Hurair.
What I found fascinating were the markings on the floor from the hotel entrance, that led to the restaurant. These were symbols of the Mayan Gods, from Spanish culture. I could see people walking with their eyes on the floor instead of their phones for a change!
We reached a full house restaurant with Spanish songs playing and a buzzing atmosphere. After settling in, we were introduced to our beautiful server, Cindele who brought our drinks; a tamarind and a berry one. This was had with a bowl of nachos with guacamole.
Cindele quickly enquired about our dietary requirements and then started our dinner with Salmon ceviche and Camarón (prawns in coconut milk). Not a fan of raw dishes like my guest, but I somehow managed to stuff a few prawns into my mouth. Not bad at all.
Next, we had the Tacos! My love for these things cannot be measured. We had three varieties; lamb, mushroom and crispy fish. The mutton, which was my least favourite was more of a pulled meat sort and was a bit hard to swallow.
I haven’t tried mushroom tacos before, but these turned out good. Not better than the crispy fish, though. The fish tacos were colourful and a pleasure to have. We also tried their battered fish tacos which weren’t really up to mark.
Our meal continued with a sizzling plate of beef and chicken fajita. Served on the side was Mexican rice. Now, what can I say? It was just umm…ordinary? Not going to bore you with the details, but this was easily forgettable.
Thankfully, the delicious and humongous prawns were the saving grace of the evening. Perfectly seasoned and grilled, I almost wanted another one.
Lastly, our meal ended with the chosen desserts included in the set menu. Tres Leches; a vanilla sponge cake with jalapeno ice cream (what?). Well, if you’re wondering whether the ice cream was spicy, it was absolutely not. Though the garnish on top were very thinly sliced jalapenos, these did not really provide any flavour. The cake on its own was fantastic! Soft and juicy, I will probably be coming back for this alone.
The churros came in a mug with a cute jar of thick chocolate syrup. Unlike other places, this syrup was pure chocolate and looked like it was made in-house. Sugar, chocolate and dough, all enough to make you fall in love.
Our evening came to a fabulous end with me requesting for my favourite Spanish singer’s (Enrique Iglesias ❤ ) song and our server dancing to it.
Food wise, I believe that La Tablita has a long way to go. Though, there might be some things that I would go back again for. Take for example the service, which was exemplary. The servers are kind and friendly, especially ours, who was not only entertaining but even managed to teach us the basics of Spanish. Such things are almost lost in the staff nowadays who are helpful, but fail to make a personal connection with guests.
With that, I shall be signing off for now. Until next time,
Craving Mexican food? Look no further! Fuego is back with a bang, presenting a new menu in a contemporary set up, while providing a perfect way to let your hair down after a long day. They have a private dining area, as well as a bar, and to top it up, a relaxing atmosphere. I really like how they play Spanish songs, going with the theme of the restaurant.
I visited Fuego for lunch a few weeks back. First, we started off with our drinks. I tried a frozen lemon mojito, strawberry and mint margarita and their new watermelon based drink. My favourite here was their new addition, loved the sweetness provided by the watermelon in the otherwise tangy drink. Mostly, I loved the way these drinks were presented in cute jars with a rope tied in the middle.
For starters, we went for some of the usuals like tacos and firecracker jalapeños.
While these tasted good, they couldn’t beat the next appetizer that was brought to our table. This dish was stuffed with prawns, cheese and tomatoes on a bed of eggplant purée and veggies.
Our mains consisted of cooked tiger prawns with rice, Green Mole salmon, Prime Tenderloin steak with bbq sauce and corn purée and a chicken burrito.
While the tiger prawns were cooked wonderfully, the rice failed to amaze me. The Prime Tenderloin didn’t deliver too, as there was too much fat in the meat which proved difficult to cut through.
The Green Mole on the other hand was a clear winner! I’m not usually a salmon person, but this dish proved me wrong. A gorgeous piece of salmon on risotto styled rice and green mole sauce. Genius.
The Chicken burrito was quite large for one person, heck two even! It can easily be consumed by three people, as they had servings of beans and rice on the side. I felt it could do with more spices, but that was just me.
Coming to the dessert, there were two options I was dying to try out. Their newly introduced Chocolate Fantasia and Tres Leches Cake.
The Chocolate Fantasia delivers nothing short of a delight. A chocolate ball with choco ice cream and strawberries. On the side, there’s guava ice cream to complement it. Honestly, I felt they could have tried another flavour here as I’m not a fan of guava. I loved the presentation of the dish though, which reminded me of a crescent moon surrounding a star.
The Tres Leches was my preferred dessert here. A soft coconut cake with meringues and berries. A light and not too sweet dessert for those who are not fans of chocolate.
Coming to the service, the servers here are quite punctual and helpful. We were also given a sample of some of their spiciest sauces, which tasted nothing but extremely hot of course!
Definitely coming back for the Green Mole Salmon soon.
Until then. xx
Disclaimer: Though I was a guest at Fuego, all opinions expressed are my own and they stand honest and unbiased.