Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar Mexican
I’ve always admired Fresca from afar with its beautiful motive tiles and I was rather happy to be able to review their food. As my colleague and I strolled in, we were greeted and seated at a rather awkward corner of the restaurant – not too ideal for my taste but then again, it was lunch rush hour and the place was full.
The elaborate menu consists of the usual tapas, main plates, tacos, and desserts. For starters, we shared their Ensenada-style fish tacos. The fish was crispy and simply perfect with the condiment served with the taco. Setting the bar high for starters, I had high hopes for mains. I ordered their pollo pibil – Yucatan-style chicken which is basically chicken marinated with orange, onions, tomatoes, and herbs that are baked in banana leaf and served with rice. The dish was well balanced with carbs, proteins and vitamins. The rice was fragrant and light and it went well with the chicken drizzled with gravy.
At one glance, the chicken served looked a bit like an ordinary chicken drumstick with curry over it. Taking a bite, there was no spicy kick but instead a mild herby taste of gravy that wets the rice to be devoured with the chicken and mixed vegetables on the side. My colleague on the other hand, had the enchiladas rojas – soft corn tortillas, rolled with beef in a special marinade, covered with melted cheese and a red chili sauce.
According to her, the dish was really good. My dish was just good though. A little jealous I didn’t order her dish; we decided to move on with dessert. We had churros with two dippings, chocolate and cajeta – goat’s milk caramel. Though it took quite some time to arrive, the churros were served nice and hot. You can’t go wrong with anything dipped in chocolate and well this was definitely an A for me. However, it didn’t really go well with cajeta, at least for our tastes. I had my meal with a mug of hot chocolate perfect for a rainy afternoon. It was chocolate-y and not a good idea to have if you’re needed awake at the office later. Nevertheless, I’d gladly go back to Fresca again to try out their other mains and their Ensenada-style fish tacos again.
G9 & G9A, Ground Floor Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, KL
Tel: 03–2201 2893
I felt instantly happy walking into the restaurant with its colourful setting running all throughout. The usual Mexican street food was all laid out for us to choose from and being a picky eater, I took my sweet time to decide what I really wanted. While my companion opted for burritos with beef fillings, I choose their grilled chicken filling.
And as a little snack, we had nachos on the side with a soda – Jarritos Mandarin. To start off my meal, I also had a hard taco which is a crispy shell corn tortilla filled with cheese, Pico de Gallo, lettuce, sour cream, and lime with spicy chicken.
Taking a bite into the taco, the spicy chicken brought me to heaven and back! It was very sad to see bits and pieces falling of my taco while I attacked it with hunger but I suppose that’s what street food’s all about. Glad I started out perfectly, I moved on with my burrito. Now, I was not aware of the ingredients in my burrito before I feasted on it and I was so glad my companion ate his before me and made a mess unexpectedly!
Get this – their burritos are made with cheese, beans, Pico de Gallo, lettuce, sour cream and rice. Yes you read right, they have rice in there burritos. I can’t say that it was a favourite of mine but the rice and meat itself were delicious especially the beef. I felt bad for not finishing it as I don’t usually have lots of carbs for dinner and it was quite a huge (and heavy) burrito – would be wise to share it if you’re not a big eater.
Snacking on nachos with their 3 hot sauces – chipotle, jalapeno and xx rated, I have to say the latter was the best because well, I can’t live without spice. Their nachos would be great to smuggle into the movies to nibble on (you didn’t hear that from me) and you could purchase a combo which includes a canned drink with your order.
So here is the plain verdict, I would go back to Panchos for more but instead of a burrito I’d try their cheesy quesadillas and I will definitely order hard nachos again, this time in a box of four instead of two. Panchos is a great place to catch up with friends or even to do some casual assignments on your laptop accompanied with some quick and tasty food. Lastly, extra bonus points to Panchos for a great customer service.
T-041B, Level 3 Mezzanine, Mid Valley Megamall
Tel: 03–2201 8457