We recently visited the ongoing Mexican Food Festival at Bayview in Hotel Marine Plaza. The dinner buffet displayed an array of Mexican dishes, along with the usual spread. Chef Jacopo Conte has perfected each dish with his expertise. The festival started on 8th March and will be there till 17th March.
We started off with a hot Seafood Soup, spiced up with habanero chillies. It had a good depth of flavour and was definitely not for the weak-hearted! Habanero, Chipotle, Ancho and small red chillies were on display, along with some other chilli varieties. The chef uses a generous number of Jalapeños in brine for fajitas, burritos and tortillas. The Tacos counter churned out flavourful vegetarian Tacos, with guacamole, beans, cheese and some jalapeños. The Tacos were seriously delicious! The Guacamole itself tasted fantastic. We were in love with the dishes with corn and beans: the staple diet of native Mexicans!
We were blown away by the simple, yet authentic flavours of the vegetarian and the non-vegetarian Tamales wrapped in cornhusks.
We couldn’t help but eat copious amounts of this beauty. Later, Chef Jacopo disclosed that the unique flavour of the Tamales came from a superior-quality Masa Harina or alkali-treated dried corn or maize flour. The serving staff were friendly and added a party vibe to the whole space with colourful Mexican attire.
The cream-based cucumber and tomato salad called Ensalada de Pipino en Verde con Crema was crunchy and creamy. The Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Green Salad) was, however, okayish.
The Ensalada de Mais y Carne (meat and corn salad) and the Ensalada del Pescade (fish salad) were perfect. These had a good texture and a wonderful interplay of flavours.
We had a hearty fill of vegetables with the nourishing Repollo Con Calabaza (Cabbage and Pumpkin Stew). The cabbage and pumpkin, together, tasted good in the light stew.
The Cordero al Enchiladas (Lamb Enchiladas) was very good in terms of flavour. Each bite transported us to a different level.
The Arroz de Pollo y Pimento (Spicy chicken rice) was the best! Clubbed with another favourite, the Pescade de Yucatan (Tuscan fish), this was a winning combo. The vegetarians will love Frijoles Conpimientos (Beans with pepper), which was slightly spicy and bang-on flavour. So is the vegetarian version of Mexican rice, called Arroz de Veriduraz. The Calabcita Rellenos (Stuffed zucchini) is one of the most wonderful vegetarian zucchini dishes that I tried till date!
And of course, there was Churros. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these were crispy and perfect! We asked for some melted chocolate to go with it. It made our day!
We were happy to see that there were enough vegetarian options at the Mexican Food Festival. If you love Mexican food, do check out the authentic Mexican fare by Chef Jacopo at the Bayview, Hotel Marine Plaza. It is worth the experience!
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