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Frida - New high end Mexican


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Frida - New high end Mexican

Snarf | Nov 11, 2008 05:31 AM

They're trying really hard. From the moment you walk through the door, you are welcomed enthusiastically to this mid sized, nicely renoed space (formerly occupied by Boujadi) on Eglinton.

My experience is based around two dishes only. The guacamole was delicious, served with house-made tortilla chips, with some arugula tossed in a pepper oil on the side. Good combination, and a nice heat in the guac. (11$ for the large, 8$ for the small).

The quail with mole were also delicious, served with rice, toasted sesame seeds, and a side of different seasonal veg on a separate plate. The quail were mostly deboned and perfectly cooked. The veg could have used some seasoning to bring them out a bit more. Spinach, yellow carrots, green beans and small yellow beets were perfectly cooked, they just seemed to not marry into the mole. I'm guessing Cookstown, so clearly an effort to do the local organic thing. Cocktails looked great, wine markup might be a little north of 100% on a small well-chosen list. (28$ for the large, with 2 quail)

Overall impression, the food is laboriously faithful to the culture in terms of the basics, and they're trying hard on service and presentation. I think the price points reflect the choice of ingredients, and might be a bit of a departure from the culture. The arugula worked with the guac; I'm not sure the local veg worked with the quail. Two dishes don't define a restaurant though. Nicely executed. Similar price points to Milagro, slightly more formal, and more intimate. I'd go back.

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