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A lovely idea but a bit disappointing: Pop-Up Restaurant La Reina del Barrio (1. October 2021)

| November 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

I had such high expectations for the Mexican Pop-Up Restaurant “La Reina del Barrio” but having high expectations is usually a bad idea. There is a set menu (CHF 55.00) which is served which doesn’t give you an option really in terms of what you want to eat. The evening started with “guacamole with nachos”. The guacamole was good in terms of flavor but the whole idea of nachos with guacamole is not really what I had in mind when imagining proper Mexican cuisine.

But the picture changed with the second course. The “sopa de huitlacoche” was definitely something I haven’t tried (or at least I cannot remember) and I was positively surprised by the taste. Definitely interesting to eat a soup made out of mushrooms which infect corn – but hey, who am I to complain? It was delicious, so all good.

Next was a “tostada de ceviche” which was also fine. It was rather loaded which made it a bit tricky to eat but the tostada was good and so was the ceviche. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely good.

Next in line was the “tostada de mole rojo” which was also fine. I mean, the portion was definitely somewhat too big for the tostada but it was fine in terms of flavor and came across as rather authentic. However, somehow, I would have wished for a bit more authentic flavors.

The “tostada de papas con chorizo” was somehow the lowest point. Firstly, for me that’s not really Mexican cuisine how I know it from Mexico. Secondly, it was the third tostada in a row. I get it, it’s easy, it’s simple to prepare, but come one, the Mexican cuisine offers such a great variety of different dishes and flavors, so why would you just serve tostadas?

The “paletas de sabores mexicanos” in this case of “horchata” was good and authentic. Definitely very enjoyable, so at least the ending was fine again.

And so was the passion fruit flavor. All in all, the desserts were good and enjoyable.

My favorite thing of the evening though was the “picante de la casa” (~CHF 16.00) which was a drink with chilis and actually super enjoyable.

The place is relatively simple inside which is absolutely fine and works well. It’s (supposedly) Mexican street food, so that works. And you have to wait a bit between the different dishes – which is also okay.

But somehow, I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the food was Mexican but not really. I had expected more authentic flavors. To sum it up, I absolutely loved the idea but I think there is room for improvement to provide people in Switzerland with a more authentic Mexican cuisine experience. Maybe next year.


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Pop-Up Restaurant La Reina del Barrio

Kronenstübli am Limmatquai 88

8001 Zürich (CH)

Cell: +41 79 624 71 73

E-Mail: info@lacremadelacrema.ch

Homepage: http://www.lareinadelbarrio.ch

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
CHF 450.00 (incl. tip) Filed in: Restaurants, Zürich (CH)

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