I instantly feel better about life upon entering Cork City. My better half lived there while in college and during my many visits I grew to love the rebel city. We headed down just before Christmas to visit Ali’s former house mate Aoife and spent the evening at Café Mexicana.
Café Mexicana is located just off Patrick Street, on Carey’s Lane in Cork’s city centre. It is a vibrant, busy restaurant taking up two stories. It has great decor on both floors which conveys the Mexican feel perfectly. There is plenty of seating available but it would still be advisable to book to avoid disappointment.
For starter I went for the special; Jalapeno Tasters. These are quite simple. Jalapenos sliced, dipped in a light batter, deep fried and served with a garlic sauce. Don’t let the simplicity turn you off. They are delicious but are to be avoided if you have an aversion to spicy food. I have no such problem and enjoyed this dish immensely.
For mains we decided on the platter for two between the three of us with a couple of portions of chips and garlic bread. We had an enchilada, a burrito and a chimichanga with various fillings. The platter also contained rice and re-fried beans. Everything was great with the only down point being the re-fried beans. They were a bit bland and under seasoned but the rest of the contents easily made up for this. There was plenty of food here between the three of us and we were contemplating forgoing dessert as we were so full. We soon thought better of that though!
Being almost completely full, I decided to go for the simplest dessert on the menu. The Azteca is vanilla ice-cream with a rich chocolate sauce and chopped hazelnuts. Simple and delicious while my espresso was also of a high standard.
We were very well looked after at Café Mexicana. The service was very efficient although there could have been the odd smile thrown in!
It is on price that Café Mexicana really stands above the rest. We paid €107 for 1 starter, 1 sharing starter, 1 mains platter for two, 2 portions of chips, 1 portion of garlic bread, 3 desserts, 2 teas, an espresso, half a bottle of red wine and a pitcher of margarita. Great value!