Who would expect a quality steak at Mexicali Rosa’s?
When my pal orders Steak Tampiquena ($23.99) I consider him bold, but wow, what a fine choice.
Medium rare as requested, thick and juicy, with great flavour accentuated by chipotle sauce, Monterey Jack Cheese and Pico de gallo (fresh salsa).
A plain cheese enchilada and hot and soft sweet potato fries are decent accompaniments (rice and beans and house salad are other options).
My Chicken Enchilada Suissa ($13.99) with two enchiladas made with corn tortillas, baked with tomatillo sauce, and topped with Arroz Cream Sauce, sounds better than it tastes.
There’s a gooeyness and richness than gets tiresome after just a few bites. My accompanying rice is dry and bland, and the beans are over-salted. This dish has that standardized taste one finds in a chain restaurant.
But the steak impresses, and just might accompany a summer Margarita on Mexicali’s deck.
Visiting the restaurant
Address. 5472 Spring Garden Rd.
Price range. $$
Lunch with co-workers. Yes
Social lunch. Yes
Quick solo lunch. Yes
Client negotiations. No