Sunday, February 13, 2011


Ottawa may not be a hub for Mexican food...but we do have Ahora (and a few other places of varying authenticity).

It's a small, casual restaurant (almost fast food style), in the market. After picking your dish, you go up to the front counter to place your order. The food is then brought to your table. Even though it was -25 out, I couldn't resist getting a margarita.

The taste was great until I realized that the rim was covered with salt (I thought it was sugar)...after mixing the salt into the drink. I don't fault the restaurant because salt around the rim is (apparently) common and is meant to bring out the flavour of the margarita. Personally, I find the flavour combination gross.

We started with an order of chips and salsa. There wasn't much to them, but I took advantage of the hot sauce selections at the front of the restaurant, which made them more appealing.

For the main, R had a Burrito Grande. His verdict: "It was okay".

I quite enjoyed my Quesadilla de Pollo. Again, the free hot sauces were much appreciated.

In general, I'd go back... But, judging from other online reviews, I'm not as big of a fan as others who have visited the restaurant. I'd probably wait until summer to return because I found the restaurant to be quite cold. It's also hard to "swallow" the summer feel of the place when it's -25 out. The tables are fairly tightly packed in there, which is fine, unless your neighbours feel the need to yell the entire time. I think they got the hint when I yelled to R, "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" Gotta love the Canadian-style passive-aggressiveness. Service was friendly, price is good.

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That Girl said...

Good thing you have your California trips to get your fill of delicious Mexican food!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love to go south of the border, the Canadian border, for my Mexican fixes. There is a new restaurant that just opened on Bernard so we will see.

Eva said...

Oh no, I'm sorry you didn't love it. Funny, I drove by it this weekend and made a mental note to go back soon. I hope that was just an 'off' day.

Torview said...

lovely pictures and site

Anonymous said...

Yeah, margaritas are supposed to have salt on them...