Mexico Restaurant

Reid, 3. March 2007, 23:28

Larri and I tried the new Mexican restaurant on School Street near Houghtailing. I think it’s called Mexcio Lindo.

Anyway, it was not bad. Larri had a burrito with fish and shrimp in a kind of garlic cream sauce. This wasn’t one of those burritos stuffed with rice and other stuff. It was mostly fish, shrimp and the sauce. Larri said that they had quite a bit of shrimp in there.

I had the crab enchiladas which were OK, but nothing to write home about. The enchiladas were meaty then I expected, so that was a good thing. Both plates were around $12-$15.

For some reason, I liked the atmosphere of the place. It was brigthly lit and I guess the decor–kinda Western looking with some Mexican earth pastels–created a warm vibe. There was also a guy playing guitar and singing. Usually, I don’t like this style of live music at a Mexican restaurant, but this guy could sing and play pretty well. He had an agressive flamenco style that reminded me of the Gypsy Kings. Still, it was a kinda hard to converse, especially since we were seated right next to him.

This restaurant doesn’t stand out from other decent Mexican restaurants in Hawai’i, but it’s not bad. They also seem to have a decent number of seafood dishes that you don’t normally see at other places. The rice–which I really like at Mexican restaurants–was just OK, too.

Reid, that Mexican restaurant on School St. is just called Mexico Restaurant. The owners also own a Mexican restaurant in Kailua called something else (perhaps Mexico Lindo); that’s why you see it written on the backs of their shirts.

The early reviews say to stay away from the standard fare (you know what they mean…the stuff that’s on all the Mexican menus) and go with stuff you don’t see just anywhere, like the seafood stuff.

I’ve been there three times now, and it’s good enough. I believe once the bar opens, the place will be hopping. The only thing I’ve had there that I really liked was a chili rejeno. The fried ice cream could be the best I ever had, but the ice cream’s a little too melty.

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