We celebrated Diner A’s birthday over lunch this past week at Mexico Cantina, located in the former space that was Compadres for a long time in Ward Center, in the heart of Kaka’ako, Honolulu.
Following are photos of our tasty “Fiesta”. Enjoy. ;-)
Mexico Cantina complete menu PDF download <— click here; current as of 10.2015; 4.16MB single file/16 pages
The red salsa and green salsa “Verde” were so fresh-tasting, you could tell it had just been made that morning; in fact so fresh-tasting, you’d swear they had harvested the tomatoes just minutes ago from a nearby garden!
CHIMICHANGA: One huge crispy flour tortilla stuffed with cheese and your choice of shredded chicken, shredded beef, or ground beef. Served with sour cream, guacamole, salsa fresca, spanish rice and beans. $16.95
SNL’s Taco Town (<—HILARIOUS video!)
Ambiance as you can see is fantastic, being very clean and “hipster”, with your typical over-the-top, very ornate South-of-the-border theme goin’ on.
Service by our lovely server Jamie was friendly and always greeted with a smile. She started out very attentive and quick, however as the restaurant began to get busy (which it really did) further into peak lunch hour, our wait for checkups got longer. Thankfully our entrees all arrived quickly, within about 10 minutes of placing the order, and all together for our table, with none of us “hanging”. It was the Flan dessert that took way longer than necessary to arrive at the table (about 15 to 20 minutes), considering it was probably premade and sitting in the refrigerator, simply needing to be plated. That alone is the main reason for a deduction in “SPAM Musubi” points.
On the very bright side, Mexico Cantina’s dishes were all for the most part absolutely delicioso! As I always reiterate, I personally am so NOT a Mexican cuisine expert, so won’t even “go there”. All I can say is, in the sum of its parts, having good quality, fresh ingredients, very well seasoned flavor profiles, and overall great recipes, we all thoroughly approved of each of our dishes.
Portions are HUGE (we all had a “doggie bag”), and the prices are also reasonable, especially considering the “premium” location in Ward Center, overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park. Speaking of prices, we also were able to get a 10% discount through a mobile app Diner A frequently uses (I’ll get the name of it later; not sure if it was Groupon), which basically paid for dessert… sweet!
That said, we all agreed we’d definitely return here to Mexico Cantina to try more!
Ward Center Ala Moana
1200 Ala Moana Blvd 3rd fl
Honolulu, HI 96814
The Tasty Island rating:
(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)
The Tasty Island related links:
• Kalihi Eats: Mexico Restaurant (by the same owners, sister restaurant to Mexico Cantina, as well as Mexico Lindo in Kailua)
• 2015 Hispanic Heritage Festival (coverage)