This weekend WhereMyFoodAt decided to review a restaurant with a cuisine we haven’t reviewed yet and not entirely accustomed with. We instantaneously thought – Mexican! And thanks to a very dear friend of ours who recommended this place to us, we contentedly present to you our review of the Oh-So-Mexican restaurant Maria Bonita!
This all day dining restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine that both novices, and well as lovers of Mexican food will enjoy. We can assure you that once you step into Maria Bonita you are rest assured to be transported to a very alluring and enthralling mexicanesque locality with upbeat and vibrant decor making you feel very welcome.
There was even a small counter, almost like a tiny shop selling imports from Mexico which we found very delightful since it added to the Mexican feel of the restaurant. We love open kitchens. We love watching chefs create and put in so much effort into what we get to enjoy – and Maria Bonita had a huge open glass kitchen filled with chefs who seemed like they actually enjoyed what they were doing; it enhanced the positive energy of the restaurant. We were so impressed with the ambience and decor that we could not wait to read up the menu and stuff our faces with some flavorsome Mexican food.
We liked how the Menu was very descriptive, so those who aren’t familiar with Mexican terms would still be aware of what they’re ordering. The strongest offering in the menu, both in concept and execution was the “Traditional Dishes” section. To kick things off, for drinks we just had to have a Pitcher of Lemon Margaritas, needless to say, it couldn’t have rounded off the meal any better for the 3 of us.
For starters, we didn’t need to think twice before ordering what is probably the most popular dish on the menu, the traditional “Maria Guacamole” which is a famous guacamole made at our table from scratch using fresh Hass avocados served in a Molcajete (Mexican Mortar and Pestle) with fresh tomatoes, onions and cilantro.
For the mains we ordered a Combo of three types of Enchiladas – Enchiladas Rojas (red salsa), Enchiladas Verdes (green tomatillo salsa) and Enchiladas De Mole (Chocolate and chili salsa – yes, Chocolate! ).
We also ordered Tacos Baja which is traditional light and airy battered shrimp tacos with your choice of flour or corn tortilla served with refried beans, rice and sour cream baja sauce – this was our favorite, absolutely delicious!
For our final main we decided to go old school and order the traditional Chicken Fajitas which was mouth-watering marinated and char grilled chicken strips with green pepper and onions served with warm flour or corn tortillas (your choice) , refried beans, guacamole, “Pico de Gallo” and sour cream. You can always ask for more tortillas and they serve it to you piping hot!
Lastly, for dessert we ordered a delicious slice of Tres Leche cake (Spanish for three milks) which is basically a sponge cake cooked in 3 kinds of milk – evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. Surprisingly the cake wasn’t heavy or filling, in fact it was light, airy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! We wouldn’t have had trouble devouring 10 more slices of this cake (just saying).
If you ever crave authentic Mexican cuisine, WhereMyFoodAt definitely recommends a visit and we can guarantee you Maria Bonita won’t let you down. Although the prices are bit on the higher end, we honestly find it to be reasonable for a weekend dinner or celebration; after all it’s the authenticity of the food and freshness of the produce you’re paying for, which we feel Maria Bonita truly abides by.
Pitcher Of Margarita’s = Dhs48
Maria Guacamole = Dhs42
Shrimp Baja Tacos = Dhs60
Chicken Fajitas = Dhs64
Chicken Enchiladas Combo = Dhs68
Tres Leches Cake = Dhs30
Total = Dhs312