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Amaranta Cocina Mexicana

omakase | Feb 21, 200810:03 PM

I was at the Topanga Mall today and was planning to eat at the Farm, but something else caught my eye - Amaranta Cocina Mexicana. This is an attractive place with big comfy booths and welcoming people. As soon as I was seated, I was given some complementary chips, house made tortillas, and 3 different kinds of salsa (mild, medium, & hot). You have to ask for the chips, but they're still complementary. They have a full bar serving beer, wine, traditional cocktails, and specialty drinks. I had a very good hand shaken margarita made with 100% Blue Agave Tequila. Then I had another. Next, I moved on to an appetizer - 3 small quesadillas - one filled with cheese, another filled with poblano chile's, and another filled with chorizo. They were all good, but the chorizo was the yummiest. The soups, salads, and appetizers range from $7 to $12. For my entree, I had the Cochinita Pibil with two side orders - black beans (with bacon and chorizo), assorted sauteed vegetables, and tortillas. The Cochinita Pibil was moist, spicy, and dee-lish!! I was happy. The side orders were also good but cost extra - $4 each. Other entres include carnitas, chile releno's, enchiladas, flautas, and tamales ranging from $12 to $19. For dessert, I had the churros filled with Bavarian cream. These churros were some of the best I've had - cinnamony and toasty on the outside with that delicious cream inside served with vanilla ice-cream. Wow!! Amaranta Cocina Mexicana is open all day. They also have a private dining room which seats up to 20 people. Remember, though, this a mall, so parking is "where you can find it."

Amaranta Cocina Mexicana
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. (in the Westfield Topanga Plaza Mall)
Canoga Park

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