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Maria Bonita



Description
Neighbourhood : Plateau Mont-Royal
Type : Mexican, Tapas
Price : $$
Terrasse : NA
Delivery : No
Bring your own wine : No

Contact and location
Address : 5269, avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2T 1X1
Metro station: Laurier
Tel. : 514-807-4377
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Review written by CQ
Rating : 3.0/5
In one line : Good, cazuelas are an interesting idea but a little expensive
Review : This restaurant is a little difficult to find, it is on a residential street between St-Laurent and St-Denis near the garment factories in the north of the Mile End.
The decor is very simple and they have a tiny terrace on the side. The service is friendly though a bit slow.
Their specialty is cazuelas, they are like tapas but more like small main dishes than appetizers and are served in small ceramic bowls. The waiter strongly recommended these cazuelas and that we should order 3 per person. Each dish is between $ 7 and $ 10, so it will cost you at least $ 25 per person excluding apperizers, wine, dessert, etc.. They have no table d'hote. They also offer main dishes from about $ 15.
So we tried 5 cazuelas and I ordered an azteca soup ($ 6.50). The soup was excellent, a good taste of tomato and tortillas but with a little smokey aftertaste that was very pleasant. We ordered the following cazuelas: mole poblano con pollo ($ 7.75), puerco salsa cacahuetes ($ 7.25), mixiote borrego ($ 8.50), nopales gratina ($ 7.50) and chayotes crema ( $ 7.00).
The mole poblano is a chocolate and chilli sauce with chunks of chicken, I found it a bit too bitter for my taste but I do not like the bitter anyway. For eating partner likes bitter and she really enjoyed it, it was her favourite dish. I preferred the cubes of pork with peanut sauce. Although it did not taste like peanuts (they probably used raw peanuts) it was very creamy and I loved the texture of the pork. The mixiote borrego is a lamb dish in a deep red paprika sauce served in a wax paper wrapper. The nopales dish are pieces of cactus leaf under a layer of cheese, the dish was the least interesting. Finally, the chayotes in cream sauce was very refreshing.
In short, I found the idea interesting but it was a bit expensive in the end.
Date of review : Jun 3 2010

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