We arrived at Baja Cantina hungry and excited – I was looking forward to trying the mole here – I love love LOVE Izote’s version. Unfortunately we found the staff were a little busy/distracted/casual/whatever, and ended up waiting a while before we could order anything. Even drinks. I guess they’re students (they’re certainly not pros like at Osvaldo Polletti) and it is a casual kind of place so that’s ok.
The calamari were also delish, with a beautifully coarse and crispy coating and a flavour-packed garlicky sauce. Yum.
The mains were less impressive. My mum and I both ordered chicken mole, which was so dry and tough I can only imagine the chicken was roasted dry then the sauce was added. Why???! The sauce was ok but really needed a dash of the lime and chilli sauce to bring out the flavours, as it was, on arrival, quite bland. The side of rice and bread were a bit ‘meh’ as well. How disappointing.
Mr Black thought his beef enchilada grande was good – not hugely above the usual, but good. And very generous at just $16.
At $85 for two entrees and three mains, the value is decent. If you’re in the area and are interested in beer, a casual and colourful atmosphere and moreish finger food, go for it! But don’t get too excited about the mole…