Not since Elvis dived off La Quebrada Cliff in the movie Fun in Acapulco has my interest turned to anything Mexican – and who can blame me? I have long got the Tequila sniff off my radar with a final decision that it is too potent!

So now, still looking for a hang-out in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, La Rosa Mexican Grille Tequileria opened about 12 months ago and I gaze. I see its popularity – the car park is always full. Their Facebook page always reflects a please book sign.

So I pluck up the tacos and make a booking.

I have now been twice in quick succession – does that give you any idea how good the food is ?

First time around I ordered a ‘build-a-burrito’ with chile con carne, avocado and shredded lettuce. Wet. Medium. Delicious, just too much to eat after their very full plate of Sopa de Maiz de Pollo (a creamy soup with cheesy chicken corn chowder and chillies and cilantro). After an initial ‘aha … gulp’ my palate settled down and wow what a soup… I would have that as a main course. Yum Yum!

I returned this evening and ordered what my better half had ordered last week, a Taco with grilled spicy chicken, avo, red onion salsa, corn and cilantro.

The food is tasty, scrumptious, fresh, attractively served. The perfect meal for a small tum – order two or if you have a bigger tum order three.

I had to taste the desert, a SopapiIllas – fried puff pastry, chocolate sauce and
vanilla ice cream – oh wow. I have never eaten a desert with my fingers before, but that is the only way to eat the fried puff pastry. The balance was great.

The service last week was excellent. Some of the staff from the previous food institution have been trained up well for this, their new restaurant. Dining alone I wouldn’t say I was neglected, but we had better service as a couple.

Nice crockery and cutlery. Always impressed when your next glass of wine comes with a clean glass – a touch I look for and appreciate.

Would I go back? Yes. I love dreaming of flying off that famous cliff with Elvis, but yes…. the food will call me, the staff will get to know me… and all will be salsa.