Mexico Cantina Y Cocina

Written by on November 3, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

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How I heard of this place: Going to the movie theater at Pacific Place puts you in direct proximity with several restaurants on the top floor of the shopping center. It was not until we had a coupon for free bean & cheese nachos that we finally made our way in to sample the fare.
Type of cuisine: A combination of tex-mex and Mexican cuisine prepared and presented in what feels like a late-night dining establishment. “Ours is not a typical Mexican restaurant. We have created a truly special place, where we combine the bold, fresh flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine with the most exquisite, current culinary concepts. We have set our innovative fare in artful presentations, amidst vivid colors and the latest in design and architecture, to create an unforgettable experience. We love what we do and our success rests on our ability to deliver our menu consistently and engage every guest. We run our business with a practical wisdom that allows us to grow and prosper, while building lasting relationships. Come and experience our Mexico.”
Ambiance: The restaurant is large, dark and with limited windows to let in the natural light from the street below. The walls are pale versions of the vibrant colors one might find in Mexico, yellow, green and coral. Words are written in Spanish, cursive across some of the walls, painted thickly, with chunks of paint still easy to spot in crescent shapes. Tables and chairs as well as booth seating are available throughout the restaurant and bar. A private dining area is also available for large parties behind a large, glass, double door. A fireplace of sorts adds the air of romance and intrigue to the back end of the establishment; small, white pebbles surrounding a large, blue flame.
What I ordered: Coupon in hand, we knew we had to select one entree to receive our free bean & cheese nachos. We opted for the Mexican chopped salad ($12); mixed greens topped with black beans and corn, avocado and roasted red bell pepper and served with croutons and grilled chicken. Our bean & cheese nachos were served on a smaller plate than we have enjoyed in the past (maybe half or one-third the size), but was more than enough for the two of us!
What I loved: I always love the nachos, as they are served individually topped with beans, cheese and presented around the plate. In the middle, more chips are served with cheese over a dollop of beans and topped with pico de gallo.
Why I loved it: The low cost achieved from having a coupon (available at the customer service desk on the first floor of Pacific Place) and the ability to fill two people at that price is fabulous! I love that the restaurant is across the way from the cinema and that it is indoors for those cold and blustery winter days when you want to enjoy a movie and dinner or late-night snack with friends or with your honey.
Cost: Average ($12-$14 per entree-sized salad)

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