Restaurant Review: Mexicola Locale colourful food and atmosphere in Hout Bay!



On Tuesday evening my friend Gary Peterson and I popped in at Mexicola Locale in Hout Bay, a Mexican Eatery, after an event we attended in the suburb.  We had planned to eat at the nearby Delish, but it was closed.

Knowing that the restaurant belongs to Chef Cheyne Morrisby, it was worth a try, and the little blue cottage attracted interest from outside.

The service was very good, and good wines offered, but the Tacos disappointed. I loved the Churro waffle, but found it to be pricey.

We were lucky that when we arrived at about 19h00 we got the last table in the back room, the room only containing two tables, and having a little fireplace, which our waitress lit for us, it being a bit smoky initially, but it settled down, she bringing burning wood pieces from what I assume was the kitchen.

Our room had a red tinge, from two beaded Chillies covering the light bulb, spoiling all photographs. We had to use Gary’s phone torch to read the menu – a candle on each table would be a good addition to the decor.  The walls in our section were painted a red-orange, and the Frida Kahlo print caught my eye immediately. We passed a chair with a sombrero, and there were Mexican touches throughout.  The bar in the entrance area is very rustic, with the spirits and wine bottles standing inside wooden boxes.

The Menu and Beverage List are printed on two sides of a grey A4 sheet.  We sorted out the drinks side first, I being allowed to taste two wines on the red wine list, not knowing either of them: a Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone blend of predominantly Shiraz,  with small additions of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Grenache Noir (R55/R210). I was intrigued with the Richard Kershaw Smugglers Boot GSM Blend 2017 (R70/R300), a blend of undefined wines, no information of the cultivars to be found on the label. Google could assist,  the cultivars being Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre.  I had high expectations of the Kershaw, but preferred the Foundation Stone.

The Food Menu offered Snacks (tortilla chips, chorizo, and green olives – R25 – R40); Tacos between R50 – R60); Nachos (R70 – R85), Bochas (unexplained, Google informing that they are food in bowls, R35 – R85); and two Desserts, both at R85.

I chose a dish on the basis of it being mild and not containing chilli, perhaps not what one should do in a Mexican Eatery.  The Taco Locale contained mushrooms, red cabbage, avocado, and was topped with corn and lime yoghurt (R50). I asked for the red peppers to be excluded.  It was placed on an open tortilla, hanging over the edge of a small plate, a very small portion. Gary’s Taco was the El Pastor one, it containing coal-roasted pork shoulder, blackened , thyme and green chilli, avocado and lime (R60).  His taco/tortilla didn’t look too different to mine!

We were given cutlery, but we tried to eat the tacos by hand, becoming messy as the ingredients fell out of the rolled up taco/tortilla. The dishes may have looked more attractive than my photographs reflect, Gary’s phone torch having to do the honours in a very dark room which had red light effects.

The dessert was limited to two choices, and felt expensive at R85 for each. Gary and I shared a Churro Waffle, a strange concept, but it was delicious, making up a base as well as a lid, with a scoop of horchata ice cream (made with Mexican rice, Google explains, but it tasted just like local vanilla ice cream) in between, the toasted waffle being delicious. A very small bowl of 60% dark chocolate sauce was offered on the side. I forgot to photograph it, so looking forward to eating it.

We probably wouldn’t go back for the food, but it is a place with great atmosphere and good service, great to meet friends for a glass of wine.

Mexicola Locale, The Promenade, Scott Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town. Facebook. No website. Reservations: @dineplan_app Instagram @ the_mexicola_locale


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