After several months of eating local Costa Rican dishes, I was jonesing for authentic Mexican food. While I've spent nearly six months in mainland Mexico savoring local eateries, my Mexican palate has been seasoned by decades of Mexican restaurants in San Diego and some Tex-Mex in Texas. I was a bit skeptical about the flavor of the food, but after looking over the menu and seeing the photographs of what appeared to be the real deal, I knew that La Fonda Azteca would be my choice of restaurant for the evening. Since the birthday being celebrated was of yours truly, it was my turn to pick the eating establishment. I was pleased to see that the photographs were realized in detail before our very eyes when the waiter brought our meal. The question then became would the flavor be as appealing as the display on our plates or was it all show? One bite was all it took to confirm that this place was legit. As a couple, we ordered a platter for two, which had a nice selection of beef, pork and chicken accompanied by re-fried beans, cheese fondue, pico de gallo (not gallo pinto), sliced lettuce, avocado slices and both corn and flour tortillas. The meats were each cooked in a different manner with different spices, so the variety was a real treat. The tortilla chips were the US restaurant type (not the extra-thick CR type) and the dipping salsas were three different types that are sure to satisfy aficionados. We had very good service, which may have been the result of a slow Sunday night with only 1/3 capacity.
This review is for La Fonda Azteca at Centro Comercial Momentum in Curridabat, Costa Rica.
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