Even though a lot of restaurants in town claim to serve authentic Mexican cuisine, only 2 or 3 actually do. Even El Toro, which has been around for decades, has adapted their dishes to our taste buds. La Cantina in Banani is a new Mexican place which not only sources their produce straight from Mexico but also brought in an international chef to help prepare their menu.
I absolutely fell in love with the creamy and refreshing Guacamole which comes with slightly salty and light chips. If you're looking for the perfect guac in town, this is the place to go. The Nachos' 1:3 portion had me stoked. Stacked with black beans, fresh salsa, pickled chilis, cheese (both white and melted yellow cheese) and lime cream, this is a dish to kick off catch-ups with friends. I would have liked to dip some of the chips with some sour cream though.
Next came the Baja Fish Tacos. I'll be honest, the soft shells tasted more like 'ruti' despite of the corn flour being sourced from Mexico. The fish was fried yet light. The chipotle cream and pickled onions added some flavor but not the punch that I had expected. I'd recommend you to ask for their spicy sauce which definitely adds a kick to every bite.
As for the Horchata, it tasted like spiced water with Cinnamon to me. Since it's made with rice milk, I appreciate that those with lactose intolerance can opt for this drink but for myself, I wouldn’t order it again.
For desserts, we ordered these crispy sugary treats stuffed with Dulce De Leche (caramel) called Churros which are served with an ancho chili chocolate sauce.
Previously, I would order Churros at Cilantro but over time, they have become quite oily. But the ones here are just perfect! They're crisp yet doughy and the caramel stuffing is just the cherry on top. The slight hint of spice from the ancho chili of the chocolate sauce balances out the sweetness from the caramel and cinnamon sugar.
The Tres Leches Shortcake are 3 small milk cakes which are topped with mango mint salsa. I was impressed by how light yet flavorful the cake was. The texture of the cake is between plain cake and pudding. It's spongy and as soon as you have a bite of it, you get a mango milk taste. Overall, simply put, it's cake and mango milk. Wish the taste of the mint was more prominent and the portion was slightly bigger.