There are MexiCANs and MexiCANTS… and after this meal and countless tries at other Mexican eateries, I think I fall into the latter category. I’m a MexiCANT but would like to be proven otherwise (Arriba Grill is an exception – but they’re more of a Mexican fast food joint – like Zambrero’s which I have heard good things about)!
My palate is still quite ‘new’ to the Mexican/Latin American food scene so N and I thought we’d give Maiz and Mezcal a shot especially with all the hype that’s been surrounding it in the last few months. The first things that come to mind when I think of Mexican food are: tacos, burritos, nachos, guacomole, corn and margaritas; and only one item from the list has my taste buds watering!
Once we were seated and perusing through the menu, we had no idea on what to order so we asked the waiter for a recommendation. He suggested we try their ‘platter’ – that way we got to sample a little bit of everything that they had to offer; and at $35.00 for 2 people, we thought it was worth a shot.
First things first though, a margarita each! That got our taste buds rolling.
Margaritas; $13.50 each
Tamarind fruit margarita: fresh and topped with special lime/chile
Hibiscus margarita: ‘Flor de Jamaica’
The staff at M&M aren’t shy from a good hefty splash of alcohol in their margaritas which were appreciated by the pair of us after a long week of work. Hehe!!
Guacamole: pureed avocado blended with lime, fresh tomato and seasonings, served with tortilla chips; $6.50
M&M tapas platter, serves 2 served with salsas; $34.50
The tapas platter included grilled chicken drummettes in a zesty marinade and authentic Mexican spices, assorted crispy corn tacos, pork tacos and volcanos. The 3 crispy corn tacos were presented in cylinder shaped tacos with the filling in the centre, almost resembling a cigar stick. Fillings were of slow-roasted pork marinated in achiote, exotic fruis and spices; small diced potatoes with seasoning and mexican paprika and shredded chicken breast with seasoning, Mexican paprika and a dash of oregano, all topped with lettuce, a blend of pecorino cheese, Mexican cream and green and red salsa. The cylinder corn taco casings were definitely cripsy, but filling wise, not the best. A mish mash of ingredients that were cold, bland and boring. The description on the menu suggested that there was a green and red salsa that I fail to see in my photos. Hrms…
Not forgetting the notably ‘bigger’ tapas on the platter: the tacos al pastor: marinated pork fillets grilled with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh coriander served with red salsa and volcanos: a crispy flat taco topped with beans, grilled prime grain fed porterhouse steak, a blend of tasty and percorino cheese, Mexican cream and Yucatan onion.
We were hoping for stronger flavours in the tacos and volcanos from the roasted pineapple or the grilled porterhouse steak. Instead, the flavours were rather bland and the meat tough and unseasoned. The Mexican cream didn’t add much to the dish and the handful of cheese was heavy and dry.
Overall, a pretty mediocre experience but at least we gave Mexican cuisine a shot! We’re definitely MexiCANTS!
Maiz and Mezcal
405 Magill Road
St Morris SA 5068
P 08 8361 3983