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Two reports - Ted's and Colibri (Long)

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Two reports - Ted's and Colibri (Long)

caliston | Sep 24, 2004 02:22 PM

I have wanted to cook this week, so BF and I have been eating out.

Tuesday we went to see the Black Rider and went to Colibri Mexican Bistro right across the street from the ACT theatre.

We didn't have reservations so when we walked in at 6:30pm we were told that the only available table was a small granite high table by the door. My only gripe about the place was that they had us sit at the bar tables at 6:30 since the other tables were held for reservations... a few minutes later, the hostess answered the phone and made a reservation for a party of 2 at 7! Apparently they were holding the table for potential future reservations rather than seating people that were already there? When I asked the hostess on our way out, she apologised profusely and said that they hadn't really figured stuff out yet as they had only been open a couple weeks.

My indignation was muted by the fact that we already had our drinks and they were mighty tasty. I had the Paloma, basically a margarita made with Fresca instead of sweet and sour. I didn't want the sugar and the drink was delicious. BF had a good mojito. Still like Luna Park's better, but this one was good. Drinks were pricey (between $8 and $11) but strong.

We had the tostadas, the salmon tacos, jicama salad, and carnitas. This was about the right amount of food for two fo us.

The tostadas were three small thick fried corn tortillas with shredded chicken, avocado, and red sauce. Okay.

The salmon tacos were three larger soft corn tortillas with salmon, pineapple, and chipotle adobo sauce. The flavors worked really well except, by the time we got to this dish after the tostadas and the fact were at a marble table by the door, the tacos were quite cold. Okay.

The jicama salad was refreshing. Jicama, oranges, lettuce, and avocado with a chili lime dressing. Good.

Carnitas were very tender with a rich flavor and a yummy roasted salsa on the side. We ordered a side of tortillas to each them with. The tortillas are delicious. Soft, about 1/4 inch think, warm. Great.

Total bill was $78 with the 4 drinks (we had refills). Service was friendly although the bar staff took forever to make drinks.

Great option for before ACT dining, assuming you make a reservation. The place was full by about 7:15.

Last night we went to Ted's. I had been there for drinks during a game before, but not tried the food. Based on Alan C's review below, we decided to try it out. Really tasty cheap food. I had the cheeseburger and BF had the BBQ pork per the recommendations below. We enjoyed our meal quite a bit and will return when we feel like another dinner for 2 with drinks for under $20! The food isn't particularly inventive or anything, just a fabulous cheeseburger. Maybe 10-15 people there at any time, mostly drinking beer.

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