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Friday, January 18, 2013

The owners describe Amigos as the “come as you are cantina with margarita, tequila and good Mexican food.” Rhea Dhanbhoora finds out if this stands true

Remember Mia Cucina in Versova? It’s been taken over by a barrage of Mexican décor. That said, Amigos can be a little confusing if you shun kitschy and like a more sober setting. Garlanded with strings of coloured bulbs and peppered with bright yellow bar stools, high tables and comfy sofa seats near a margarita bar and on busy a black and white checkered floor, the restaurant is a bit overwhelming at first glance. The jolly Mariachi band painted in silhouettes on a wall inside seem ready to jump out, and the street art is a tad imposing as well. However, we liked the mix of retro, rock and South American music that played in the background.

Since there was so much emphasis placed on the margarita bar, we had to order a Kiwi Margarita (Rs 350). It was not too sweet, mixed just right with a hint of tang and a potent amount of alcohol. I enjoyed it so much that I had another, this time a frozen one, it was much better than the first and was the same price.
We decided to go with food recommendations from the staff, who deserve special mention because of how friendly and well informed they were. They suggested we start off with the Amigos Fries with Chile Con Queso (Rs 145), which turned out to be golden fries, sprinkled with a spicy onion, tomato mixture and drizzled with heavenly melted cheese. The Jalapeno Poppers (Rs 145) that came next surprised us because instead of a heavy dose of cheese and a sprinkle of jalapeno, they used fresh jalapenos that were stuffed with cheese and deep fried.

Next up was the Prawn Pincho (Rs 255), skewers of cilantro and lime marinated prawns that were char grilled to perfection. While I enjoyed the chipotle mayo, the fruit salsa wasn’t a hit with me. Eager to try something different, we ordered Pescado (Rs 345). Most of us are used to basa being prepared in a continental or Asian style, so it was a surprise (quite a pleasant one) to dig into basa that was spicy and pan fried, accompanied by pepper sauce, Mexican rice and refried beans.

The food was very filling, but we were told we absolutely had to try the Coconut Tres Leches (Rs 125) cake, so we did. Gently soaked in coconut milk and topped with a smooth layer of icing that was anything but sickly sweet, this was a delicious dessert.

Food at Amigos is heavy on spice and has a strong Indian influence, which means it’s not 100% authentic Mexican, but we still think it is very appealing.
What’s great about Amigos is that their owners Ashok Datwani and Sanjay Kotian (who is also the Executive Chef) have already managed to draw in a crowd. It’s become a hot spot for those in the area as it is a decently priced restaurant and suitable for a family outing. The prices are so attractive that WTF next door might be up for some stiff competition!

Where Jewel Shopping Center, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W)
Meal for two Rs 1,000 (without alcohol)
Alcohol served Yes
Contact 40222140/ 40222141

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