Food Review: Tijuana Iguana

A name like that can be quite a mouthful, especially for those not accustomed to Spanish pronunciation. An intimate establishment in the heart of Fort, Mumbai’s original business district, Tijuana Iguana is in the spot previously occupied by Brighton Restaurant & Lounge Bar. The brainchild of Jai Lalwani, who has a strong hospitality background in the States, this grill and lounge is his first foray in India. Tijuana prides itself on being ‘India’s first Ameri-Mex’ grill—but are the food and drinks up to the mark? Read on to know more.

The Décor and Ambience

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With the low, psychedelic-style lighting, Tijuana’s eponymous iguana’s eyes staring at you from the bar become all the more pronounced, especially if you pick the bar stools or one of the centre tables. Not that it bothered us, but we couldn’t help being constantly reminded of the omnipresent creature as it featured on everything, from the walls to the menu. We loved the fact that there are little lights under the tables, illuminating our faces when we took selfies. The staff is warm and friendly and will happily recommend dishes according to your taste.

The Food & Drinks
God knows this city is starved of good Mexican food (Sancho’s is the only place that comes to mind. No, New Yorker does not count), and we’re glad more joints serving this delicious cuisine are coming up. Our Fredo’s Fried Mushrooms (Rs 437) were crisp and succulent, with a creamy French dressing dip. The Vegetable Quesadillas (Rs 375), which was served with some refreshingly piquant guacamole and salsa, was tasty but did not blow our taste buds away. The guacamole, however, was one of the best in the city. We also tried the Vegetable Burritos (Rs 375), which for us was the dish of the day and came stuffed with cilantro-lime rice and accompanied by guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.

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Considering that this is a sports bar and grill, we were quite excited to try the cocktails—and they didn’t disappoint. Both the Cantaloupe (vodka, watermelon liqueur and orange juice; Rs 600) and Green Apple (green apple vodka, sour apple and sour mix; Rs 600) were light and refreshing. The Fly Me To The Moon (vodka, citron, watermelon, sour mix and pineapple juice; Rs 600) was the pick of the drinks, its fruity flavour giving it a beachy vibe.

We finished off our dinner with two uber-decadent desserts that we’d have to run for a week to digest—not that that thought prevented us from digging right in. The Simply Sinful Snickers Pie (Rs 370) was served in a goblet and had vanilla bean ice cream mixed with Snickers pieces and an Oreo cookie crust, topped with caramel and fudge ribbons. The overload of sweetness was a bit too much for us, so we were quite happy to go for the Brownie Bottom Pie (Rs 370) instead. Even though the brownie wasn’t our favourite in the city, it was a far more enjoyable (and less calorific) dish.

The Overall Experience

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We think the fact that there are very few bars in that area will ensure Tijuana Iguana becomes a popular after-work hangout for those in the vicinity. In addition, Tijuana is attracting people with a Tuesday Ladies’ Night (women drink free!), Thursday Salsa Night and Sporty Sunday. We’d definitely go back for that guac and burrito!

Address: Bombay Mutual Annexe, Rustom Sidhwa Marg,Gunbow Street, Opp Residency Hotel, Fort
Timings: Daily, from noon to 1.30am
Contact: 022 2269 5756
A meal for two with alcohol costs approximately Rs 3,000 and without alcohol, Rs 2,000

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