Mexico in Nigeria| Casa Mexicana restaurant



When I learnt there was a Mexican restaurant in Abuja, I was really interested! I wondered if the flavours will be authentic given that North America is very far from sub-Saharan Africa. If you are interested in my thoughts on the restaurant, their food and service, please keep reading.

Interior, Casa Mexicana
We stopped by Casa Mexicana which is in Ceddi Plaza, Abuja for lunch on a Saturday. Upon arrival, we had a host welcome us. I hoped he would have said, "Hola, Como Estas" which translates to "Hi, How are you" in Spanish but he didn't. He welcomed us warmly in English and showed us to our table. We were immediately served seasoned cucumber and carrots strips with some roasted nuts. The veggies were tangy, I loved every single bite.

First impressions
As I entered the restaurant, I was automatically in a better mood, the vibrant colours gave me butterflies in my tummy. I felt like I was in a new world entirely. The wait staff were very courteous and the restaurant was very clean. I was impressed.

We were given very colourful sombreros and the Mexican flag for pictures. I was elated because I love taking pictures with props, I love a spontaneous photoshoot. Wearing the sombrero and the flag automatically enriched my experience at the restaurant, I felt like I was in Mexico. Viva Mexico!

Food
Their plating of the Burrito
I got the Chicken Quesadilla (2500 Naira) and my friend got the Chicken burrito (2500 Naira). We each got a bottle of Eva water (200 Naira) I was torn between getting tacos or quesadillas, I believe they are Mexican foods everyone can enjoy. We waited approximately 18 minutes till our food came, freshly made to order.

My plating of the Burrito
Chicken burrito (#2500)
The burrito is a bit different from the ones I have eaten at authentic Mexican restaurants. It had rice, veggies and chicken stuffed in it paired with pico de gallo and guacamole. Normally, burritos can be stuffed with beans, cheese, spicy salsa and other things. This version of the burrito was very simple and basic. Also, they didn't plate it in a photo worth manner, I had to rearrange the meal. The Burrito is a 3.5 out of 5 for me. The portion size is moderate.
Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla (#2500)
The tortilla was succulent and freshly made, it made it impossible to stop biting. The cheese, well-marinated chicken breast and veggies came together seamlessly to make the perfect melt inside the tortilla. The pico de gallo that was served with the meal was perfectly spicy to reflect the tangy lime juice and cilantro loaded in it. The guacamole was smoothly pureed to spread perfectly on the quesadilla. The quesadilla is definitely a 4.5 out of 5 for me. The portion size is small but matches the cost.

Pros
  • Mexico in Nigeria is amazing, we need to try more cuisine
  • Very beautiful setting
  • Wonderful wait staff
  • Moderately priced
  • Freshly made tortillas
  • They sell Mexican merchandise
  • Welcome area, Casa Mexicana
Cons
  • Wait staff should learn basic Spanish for a robust experience of Mexico
  • Upgrade the Burrito, maybe add some queso on the side
  • The food can be better plated

Merchandise wall, Casa Mexicana

Total score
On a scale of 5 stars, I give Casa Mexicana 4.3 stars.

I encourage everyone to go out and try some Mexican food. It's a different flavour, your palette will definitely enjoy it. I hope this review helps you visit Mexico in Nigeria.

Here is a link to a short story of my experience at Casa Mexicana.

I hope this helps you when ordering, 
  • The tortilla is a North and Central American thin unleavened flatbread made from corn
  • Pico de gallo is also known as salsa is a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and other ingredients. It is often spicy and delicious
  • Guacamole is a mashed avocado paired with salt and other seasonings
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With love,
Bibi.



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