When we first heard the news that Delhi-based Mexican chain Sancho’s was coming to namma city, it was still February. We had to wait for the restaurant to open in April to get our dose of the spicy Mexican and Tex-Mex fare. Nestled in the food court of UB City, Sancho’s has an al fresco dining area and an air-conditioned seating place.

We invited our house guest from Connecticut, who had recently vacationed in Mexico, to join us for the meal. We started with a melon berry mint slush, an icy blend of cantaloupe, strawberry crush and mint leaves. Our friend said: “Given a choice, I would marry this drink.”

We also ordered chips with mango salsa, guacamole and fish taquitos. Those small beer-battered fish tortillas never arrived and so we ultimately cancelled them closer to dessert time. The chips were the crunchy corn ones and went well with the chopped avocado guacamole. The mango salsa tasted like a slightly spicy aamras.

Our veg enchiladas were corn semi-fried tortillas stuffed and soaked with salsa ranchero and topped with shredded lettuce, melted cheese, onions, Mexican rice and refried beans. We wished the enchiladas had been spicier and made with wheat instead of the cornflour that gave it a grainy texture.

Our companion’s prawns burrito came stuffed with beans, Mexican rice, guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. She pronounced them authentic enough and nodded approvingly at the right balance in the dish. Since our companion wasn’t keen on dairy products, we skipped the flan and tres leche cake for an air buñuelos for dessert. These Mexican fritters are supposedly as light as air. Our rosette-shaped fried buñuelos came dusted with cinnamon sugar and accompanied by a bowl of dark chocolate sauce. We gleefully abandoned table manners to break the crisp fritters into bite-sized pieces, and covering ourselves in cinnamon sugar.

Although the food wasn’t as fiery as we thought Mexican food should be, our companion was quite thrilled at having found a slice of Mexico in Bangalore.  204, UB City, 1, Vittal Mallya Road (4167-4151). Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. All major cards.

By Bijal Vachharajani on May 09 2014 7.52am

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