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Frida's - A Mexican Lover's Review


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Frida's - A Mexican Lover's Review

Sadistick | Aug 2, 2009 08:00 AM

After a most disappointing meal at Milagro's new location a few weeks back, I was a bit dubious to try out another 'mid-high end Mexican' restaurant, but my love for all things Mexican tipped the scales.

We arrived at 7:30 last night and sadly saw only 2-3 other tables occupied - we were seated by the host (and I believe a co-owner?) and were brought a small bottle of sparkly on the house as I had informed them when making the reservation that this was our last meal together before getting married next week - a great way to start off the night.

They brought out some nachos and home made salsa's - one a tomatillo salsa, the other a roasted poblano, both good, the poblano fantastic. We started off with the house Guac - nicely made, but a touch lacking on the acidic side for my tastes (that seems to be a trend with me!)

Then we were brought out an amuse of braised onions in a habanero tomato sauce that was absolutely amazing, tons of layered flavors, some great heat as well! I could have eaten at least 10 of those.

We were sharing pretty much everything and not wanting to be rushed, we ordered fairly slowly to which they were extremely accommodating. We then had their pulled duck taquitos, which were great - after I asked for some 'hot salsa' - our (lovely) waitress brought us out a 8/10 on the heat scale of a roasted poblano salsa that when paired with anything we ate, was just phenomenal - one of the best salsa's I have ever had!

After the duck, next up was the sizzling Oaxaca Cheese plate served with house made tortillas, which was fantastic, gooey Mexican cheese covering strips of roasted poblano's with some Mexican mint which the name eludes me, which you slather on their tortillas - fantastic!

The only thing I would not order again was our next dish, the braised lamb - far too much fat in the lamb plus a few pieces of bone which eluded the kitchen forced me to not finish the entire plate - you live and you learn!

After being near bursting, I still wanted to try out their Mole, so we ordered a 'small' of their Quail with Mole main - nice dish, great flavored Mole, but I think I was just too damn full to really appreciate it!

Total with Tax & Tip and 2 Margaritas - $120

Finally - some great Mexican food in Toronto - hope they stick around!

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