As 2012 gathers speed, Mexican cuisine is setting the pace for KL's gastronomic zeitgeist, ensuring that fans of fajitas are not left behind.
Fresca Mexican Kitchen at The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley City is the city's second major Mexican restaurant to launch this year, hot on the heels of Loco at Changkat Bukit Bintang and potentially a month ahead of La Mexicana in Ampang's Terrace at Hock Choon.
Fresca opens today, but its management held a trial session recently to test its kitchen and servers. Thanks to Royce, Liz and Meng Jan for letting us crash the party uninvited and munch for hours on treats like tortilla chips with pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, coriander and chili).
This friendly restaurant hits most of the bases, from enchiladas, fajitas and quesadillas to "sopes" _ the street snack originating from the valley city of Culiacan. Topped with tender chicken, refried beans, lettuce and feta, it should come with a "Danger: Addictive!" warning.
Fresca feels a little more commercialized than Loco, but it still strives for a measure of authenticity, having consulted a Mexican chef for a menu sprinkled with regional specialties like Veracruz-style fish, sauteed with tomatoes, onions, olives and jalapenos in a Mediterranean-influenced recipe popular on Mexico's east coast.
We haven't seen this in awhile: Pollo con Mole Poblano, chicken smothered in a thick sauce constructed with chocolate, chili peppers, nuts and more ingredients than we can remember after downing too many margaritas.
Tacos Ensenada. Flour tortillas with beer-battered fish, taking their name from a port city, served with house-made coleslaw. Fresca's prices seem fair _ this platter costs around RM20.
Avocado alert! Fresca's Sopa De Tortilla is a rich broth, subtly flavored with guajillo and ancho chili peppers, teeming with avocado, feta cheese and tortilla strips.
G-242A, Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.