Las Albondigas, which were essentially nicely minced and spiced meat balls, with Mojo Isla Loca made my night at Maquina – a Tex – Mex hub. A good cocktail speaks volumes about the mixologist and his taste in creating concoctions. So I don’t like it when I sip a cocktail and get a sugar rush up my senses but this cocktail was far from my inhibition of savouring them. Thanks to the expertise of Ankush Myint, CGM, Jackpot Ventures that is the big umbrella above Maquina, Farsi and Desiya café, and who also is a pro at bringing together flavours, mixing and twisting concoctions – I relished an amalgam of high voltage tequila over a crushed ice topped with pomegranate and mixed with the delicacy of Rosemary and undermined basil. Low on sugar and high on drama – this cocktail complimented the starter Tostadas – shrimps that sat on a bed of crisp tortilla, lettuce and mayo, tossed up in sweet and sour Chilli sauce – quite a kick!
A cocktail tasting evening that it was, hosted by GourmetitUp and Maquina, signature drinks were precisely paired to pal up with every echelon of the three course meal. Chilling in the warm interiors of the place, the wait for the main food, resplendent of Tex-Mex culture, was all worth it. As Virat Chhabra, PR and Marketing Head, puts it , “Maquina has always had some amazing and innovative food”. The Cajun Spiced Grilled Fish was a delight to fork into! 3 full fillets of fish on a bed of steamed veggies with a decadent sauce running through the tiers….ohhhh, I want it as I am writing it. I am certainly impressed with the preparation and the quantity – can’t get bigger than this. Must try folks! This went well with Candle in the Window – another delicious one. To end it – I had the fruit crepe – hot off the pan, packed with exotic fruits and doused in the syrupy orange tangy sauce – way too sweet for my liking – but that is good news for the sweet cravers. Summing up – Mojo Isla Loca worked its mojo on me!