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Tijuana - Buenos Aires

 Buenos Aires, Palermo

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 80%
  • Food (Execution) 60%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Value 60%







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Tijuana - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo
Address: Guatemala 4540
Telephone: +54 11 2058-8905
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Mexican
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$
Menu items offered:
Hours: Tue-Wed: 7pm to 12am Thu: 7pm to 12:30am Fri-Sat: 7pmto 1am Sun: 7pm to 12am
Restaurant Details
Tijuana - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo Address: Guatemala 4540

Telephone: +54 11 2058-8905

Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Mexican Service Type: Table Service Price: $$$ Menu items offered:

Hours: Tue-Wed: 7pm to 12am Thu: 7pm to 12:30am Fri-Sat: 7pmto 1am Sun: 7pm to 12am


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Summary

Craving Mexican Food? This is a pretty good choice for "almost-authentic" Mexican cuisine in Palermo Soho. Lousy margaritas. Drink a beer instead.

Resumen del crítica

Craving Mexican Food? This is a pretty good choice for "almost-authentic" Mexican cuisine in Palermo Soho. Lousy margaritas. Drink a beer instead.

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Restaurant Review for Tijuana - Buenos Aires

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 3.8 stars
Review Date: 09/15/2015
I had made about four attempts to eat out at this place while I was walking through Palermo Soho and on each occasion the restaurant was closed. They apparently are not open for lunch and had closed on a holiday on one of my evening visits.

At any rate on my latest walk through that remote part of Palermo Soho where Tijuana is located we found the doors open and decided to see how Tijuana stacked up against the rest of the restaurants in Buenos Aires claiming to offer Mexican food.

The restaurant is located in an old building and the owners have retained much of the character and personality of the old building and mixed it in with vividly painted walls and décor.. Elaborate stenciled designs and massive paintings on the walls give this place an eclectic Mexican ambiance.

The menu falls a little short of being authentic Mexican. Most dishes on the menu have been modified to appease the Porteño palette.

On being seated we were offered a menu and soon a small bowl of tortilla chips and a cream cheese salsa arrived in customary Mexican style. The chips were good and crisp but the salsa was a little on the nondescript side. We were also presented a small little shot of their house margarita as an enticement. It worked. My friend and I ordered up a margarita each. The drink was both a bit too sweet and tart for my personal liking. And it didn’t have that frothy texture a properly shaken margarita should have. All said the drink was a minor disappointment and it was served up in a pretty small canning jar rather than the typical big stemmed margarita glass that is more traditional.

My buddy and I decided to share the big shrimp enchilada and an order of beef fajitas. The fajitas, as you can see in the slider, were served up in a small bowl and accompanied by flour tortillas. The tortillas were not all that warm or fresh and the fajita meat was covered with a rich sauce. This is not the typical way fajitas are served in Mexico or the southwest USA but the flavors were good nevertheless.

The star was the large enchilada, a large flour tortilla, stuffed full of big plump shrimp and onions and peppers seasoned with the flavors of Mexico, all sitting in a creamy sauce that was also quite flavorful. The photo you see in the slider is an image of the enchilada after my friend and I has divied it up. The full enchilada was twice as long as what you see in the photo.

This dining adventure turned out to be more pleasant than I had anticipated. The two main dishes, the “cubierto” and two soft drinks set us back about $140 pesos (about US $11.50) per person. The margaritas cost $61 pesos (about US $4.75) each. The ambiance was nice, the service efficient, the waitress friendly, and the food full of flavor. This place won’t likely win a thumbs up from [simple_tooltip content='Rick Bayless is an American chef who specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations. He is perhaps best known for his PBS (Public Broadcasting Network) series Mexico: One Plate at a Time.']Rick Bayless[/simple_tooltip] as being authentic Mexican, but the flavors were delicious in both dishes. The bartender needs to work on the margarita recipe though. It fell way short of expectations.

With an overall rating of 3.8 Stars this restaurant compares favorably to the other Mexican food restaurants in the neighborhood and warrants a visit by anyone seeking to sample the flavors of Mexico.

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