The foodie in me just couldn’t resist participating in the very last day of the Savour York Region Restaurant Week festivities. I visited Mexican Amigos for lunch and was very pleased with the selection of dishes offered for just $15 per person. (When I added up what I ordered from the regular menu and compared it to the Savour York Region prix fixe menu, it was a 50% savings!)
When you walk into the restaurant, there is a sign that tells you to seat yourself. I don’t see a lot of restaurants that are like this, so I thought it was pretty neat to be able to choose my own table. Almost all of the booths had a flat-screen TV attached to the wall. Guests are free to turn it on and switch to a channel of their choice to watch TV while eating. I found it hard to concentrate on the TV though since there was such incredible food in front of me, but that’s besides the point. This is a great place to go if there’s a game to watch since you have your very own screen at your table!
The appetizers were an excellent start and hinted at all of the delicious food that was to arrive. The tomato broth wasn’t your usual tomato soup; it had a strong kick to it because of the Morita dry peppers and onions and cilantro. I really liked it. It was hot and the consistency was thick enough for you to taste the unique spiciness of it yet not so thick that you had to chew through it. Definitely a unique soup to try.
I liked the flautas which are a kind of rolled taco that is stuffed and fried. The inside of this flauta had shredded chicken and cheese. When eating it with my hands, there was a loud crunch to every bite of the crispy flauta. The inside was full of warm and soft shredded chicken. I especially liked how it was topped with tomatillo and pico de gallo. I couldn’t get enough of it and kept scooping up the remains after I was done with the crunchy flautas.
After this, I was really excited for the mains. I couldn’t wait to see how they made the burritos and enchiladas.
When the burrito was plopped on to the table, I was amazed with the sheer size of it. It was the full length of the plate and it was gigantic! It’s probably the biggest burrito I’ve eaten. As such, I wasn’t able to hold it in my hands since the whole thing would have collapsed lol. I used a fork and knife to carefully slice into the giant roll of black beans and Mexican rice. The large flour tortilla was very soft and covered with cheese. The inside of it was also full of ground beef. It had a very strong flavour and a good one at that. I loved how soft and warm the tortilla was. Gooey almost.
The enchiladas were also very yummy. There were three baked corn tortillas on the plate and I asked for sautéed vegetables as a side. I could have picked Mexican rice, refried beans, or house salad instead but I definitely wanted some warm veggies after all of the the rice and beans in the meal already. These enchiladas were stuffed with grilled chicken, shredded cabbage, and pico de gallo. I liked the lighter flavour of these compared with the juicy big burrito. The sautéed vegetables were also very good. I liked how some of the onions were not fully cooked and had a raw and spicy taste to it.
By this point, I was already SO full. The portions were satisfyingly huge and we had already cleared everything out. However, there is always, always, ALWAYS room for dessert, and I appreciated how the server let us substitute the fried ice cream for one of lunch sets since I didn’t want to have two of the same desserts.
I’ve had very, very delicious churros at a previous Mexican restaurant called Frida Restaurant and Bar. I always have fond memories of those yummy award-winning churros. :9 With that in mind, the churros here were quite good as well, but they didn’t beat the ones I had at Frida. The plate consisted of two churros lightly dusted in cinnamon and sugar, but I found the dough to be too soft on the inside. I liked the chocolate sauce though!
The other dessert that we shared was their fried ice cream. Wow. This was truly amazing. I’ve never had anything like this before. Not even ice cream waffle sandwiches are this good. The dessert arrived as a perfect sphere of ice cream that was breaded with corn flakes(!) – I haven’t had corn flakes since eating them in my cereal years and years ago as a child for breakfast! How lovely it was to encounter these again in this dessert — and then briefly deep-fried and drizzled with chocolate syrup and whipped cream on the side.
The shell of corn flakes was a little hard to break through, but once you did, the inside was an entire ball of vanilla ice cream! It was so amazingly delicious. The corn flakes were the perfect shell to hold the cold ice cream in. And when I say cold ice cream, it really was cold! It’s amazing how the shell was able to keep the ice cream in and not melt through! I was so satisfied with this dessert that when the owner walked over, I made sure to compliment on this dessert. I’m so glad that I picked this to try!
I really liked this restaurant. The Mexican dishes were so delicious and filling. The server was very friendly and attentive to our orders. I liked how even the owner of the restaurant came out at one point to personally greet all of the guests. I loved that there was constantly Mexican music playing in the overhead speakers. It really added to the atmosphere of being in a Mexican restaurant. The restaurant also has Latin music and dancing classes every Friday and Saturday. I’m not too sure of the details, but it sounds like it would be a really fun night out.