a mexican, a texan, and an australian open up a restaurant…
what may sound like the first line of a joke is, in fact, brilliant news for american expats, embassy staff, exchange students, and tourists who’ve been desperate for REAL mexican food in berlin, which up until now simply didn’t exist, save for some sub-par ‘tex-mex’, chain-type tourist traps.
a happy, predominantly north american crowd has been gathering at this hole-in-the-wall joint on danziger str. since its opening a few weeks ago, sipping coronas (the other beer choice is schultheiss, and even foreigners know to steer clear of this sorry excuse for a ‘brew’). there's a small bar at the window with a few bar stools, and 3-4 tables outside with picknick benches, offering a great view of the latest street construction and evening traffic.
the slightly dingy atmosphere is secondary, and it certainly doesn't deter anyone from savoring the flavors previously lacking in berlin.
the small menu offers a number of mexican classics such as tamales, enchiladas – my favorite dish that night, served with a tangy salsa and queso fresco, chile relleno, fish tacos with crunchy fried morsels of (some sort of) white fish and a spicy mayonnaise, tacos with argentinian beef, and a very nice, chunky guac.
while certainly not the most photogenic food i’ve encountered, i’ve been reassured by my fellow american diners that this is indeed the real deal.
i wouldn't be surprised if this place had to move to new premises by next summer due to its high popularity: the night we were there, two dudes took a couple of barstools outside and used a block of cement plates as a table.
maria bonita * danziger str. 33