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A tastebud fiesta at The Mexican on Long

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With the rare winter sun shining, and our brains all mushed by the work week – being such diligent workers that we are, we were in need of some injection of fun (and food), and decided to make a meal outta lunchtime, as it were, by heading out to The Mexican on Long for a quick bite.

Ive been wanting to head out to this establishment ever since I spotted it since my return from maternity leave, so I was beyond happy when the group all decided on it. Because whether, it was just the fact that my colleagues are a fun bunch to begin with, or if its the close association of Tequila with mexico, (maybe a bit of A and B), we had an absolute blast there!

Loco peeps: Blame on the virgin mojito

Loco peeps: Blame it on the virgin mojito

From the time that you enter, the funky and vibey décor holds promise for a fun authentic experience. Vibrant colours, with interesting art pieces, stunning murals,great outdoor views of Long street from the balcony and clever furniture pieces, all just added to the ambience.

How cool is this?

How cool is this?

The entrance and downstairs area. The rough translation of the sign is " for everything bad, tequila; for everything good, the same". Original saying actually refers to mezcal - but hey, potato-tomato :)

The entrance and downstairs area. The rough translation of the sign is ” for everything bad, tequila; for everything good, the same”. Original saying actually refers to mezcal – but hey, potato-tomato 🙂

What I truly appreciated was the decent space: The floor area is quite large, but not sparse. It still manages to keep a warm atmosphere about it without making you feel claustrophobic, should it get busy.14043850279632_resized_1

Add to that, the very attentive staff, who are genuine in their interactions with you as patrons ( We LOVED Andre!), they really know their stuff hey, and can happily advise you on the various menu choices.

This all added to the awesome dining experience, that often left me thinking, I need to come back to try that!

Vibrant wall murals, funky table "branding" and cool wall decor are all part of the latino ambiance

Vibrant wall murals, funky table “branding” and cool wall decor are all part of the latino ambiance

More of the interior, and of that funky wall in the back

More of the interior, and of that funky wall in the back

Im not a beer lady, but this was actually quite enjoyable

Im not a beer lady, but this was actually quite enjoyable

To kick things off, I had to try the Imperial Tequila Ale – Andre made it sound so intriguing, so I was totally bets. Its basically a cider that was matured in barrels that had tequila in it right before. So all the great flavours get stirred and conjured up in there.

The dwinks: Thabz getting his mexican on, with his pink drink, and sombrero to match;Tal looking like he's really enjoying that tequila ale; and thats a cappacino in glass, ladies n gents

The dwinks: Thabz getting his mexican on, with his pink drink, and sombrero to match;Tal looking like he’s really enjoying that tequila ale; and thats a cappacino in glass, ladies n gents

There were also some cappuccinos served differently, as well as a virgin mojito using basil instead mint. All in all, a pretty standard, but fun drinks menu to try. However, as you should expect, they do have a killer selection of tequilas!

This pic doesnt do the rather inviting bar any justice

This pic doesnt do the rather inviting bar any justice

Now talking about trying, most of us didn’t try anything but the nachos. I know, boring, right? I seriously wanted to explore the menu, but my cravings ruled, so screw “boring”: Nachos was it! And they didn’t disappoint.

Nachos: A plateful of crunchy yumminess

Nachos: A plateful of crunchy yumminess

It was a fair amount of nachos served, bursting with flavour, accompanied by ample guac, and crema. In fact, aside from the nachos Ive had that were made by an actual mexican, this has got to be the best nachos Ive ever had! I had chicken with mine, which was yum and no need to hunt them out – decent amount. And trust me, it was not these cubes of seemingly processed chicken, but clearly real, shredded chicken. At R50 for this plate of latino deliciousness, I thought it was a a great deal.

A trio of yumminess: Chicken wings top left, Mexican fish 'n chips top right, and those fish tacos at the bottom

A trio of yumminess: Chicken wings top left, Mexican fish ‘n chips top right, and those fish tacos at the bottom

My one dining companion had the Mexican Fish and Chips (R55), who only sang its praises, and it definitely looked far more appealing to me than our local variety of fish ‘n chips. My other amigo had the Fish taco (R75), which was a surprisingly large serving – but clearly yummy enough for him to move past that, and finish it off.  My homie, S’lu went with the crispy chicken wings. It came with two tiny tin cups of different sauces, which we all sampled, and left us smacking our lips. ‘Nuff said. My other compadre though, totally skipped the savoury phase and jumped straight to the rice pudding (R35). (not pictured- sorry guys) He thoroughly enjoyed it, however, totally woes’ed out on finishing it the large serving.

For more prices, squint your eyes here.

The menu: Have a look-see at the selection of tastiness

The menu: Have a look-see at the selection of tastiness

The lesson here ladies and gents, is: come hungry and be prepared for a taste bud fiesta.

Book a table today, or perhaps pop over lunchtime. (It starts getting busy around then). I can only imagine how it rocks at night. Also,with the vibe, the lighting, sexy food, and just the general latino ambience had me thinking that this would be a great spot for a fun date night with hubby…..hmmm, now where is that babysitter?!

What you need to know:

Outdoor views from the balcony of Long street. And my fave celebrity, Table Mountain always photobombing with its awesomeness

Outdoor views from the balcony of Long street. And my fave celebrity, Table Mountain always photobombing with its awesomeness

Goshhhhh, Im seriously craving some Mexican right now, as I write this post! Let me know what you think of this hot spot. Or maybe you know of another trendy Mexican spot worth a holler, do let me know! Vamanos!

 

 

 

 

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Author: mommabeartrax

Mother of two (and counting),a very happy wifey, blogger, lover of life and laughter, a clumsy swimmer, loyal friend, Im funnier in my head than I actually am, I get inexplicably excited about good food, baking & crafts. Although, I think baking and crafts are just trying to fill a void that my Kenpo and gym-rat days used to fill. Lastly, according to the rest of the world, I fix your printer.

2 thoughts on “A tastebud fiesta at The Mexican on Long

  1. Thanks for the fab blog! Saludos from the team @ The Mexican!

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