11 Freshwater Road St. John’s NL
I have always wanted to visit Mexico, for the weather, beaches and of course the food. Fresh, bright, spicy and deep flavours are part of most Mexican food all of which I crave at times. Although the Country is still on my bucket list, a piece of Mexico is on 11 Freshwater Road at Soul Azteka.
I had the opportunity to meet Michael and Cinthia Wozney last year at the Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival in Bay Roberts. It was evident that this couple operated as a finely tuned team, including their children. It was a treat to watch their family prepare their dishes for the festival. That family team-work continues in their restaurant as I was greeted by Cinthia and daughter who was in a papoose like holder under Cinthia’s chin. Once seated, I could not help but scan the room; the décor really sets the mood. A huge flag of Mexico on the ceiling is the center piece; sombrero’s, colorful dresses and wrestling masks adorn the walls.
The lunch time experience started with complimentary nacho chips and house made salsa which was welcomed as I was peckish. The salsa was very light and fresh, nothing out of a can here.
My main was chicken enchiladas, tender chicken and cheese, wrapped in corn tortillas. There were various sauces to pick from; I could not decide as I would have liked any of them. I picked a verdes and a diabla sauce. Both were delicious, but my favorite was the diabla that packed some serious heat. I would be remise if I did not mention the sides; the refried black beans were silky. Some people might say that rice is just rice and there is not much a person could comment on. This is certainly not the case at Soul Azteka. The side dishes (the ones I had) are rock stars, front and centre. The rice was light, not gummy, with a hint of tomato.
My son Kaegan was with me, he is a picky eater. Cinthia was very accommodating and suggested beef tacos with no sauce, this worked out perfectly. He is also a light eater so I got to help him out with the dish. The beef was nicely cooked , it had a nice charred flavor. The taco was nice and fresh and paired well with the meat.
We finished up with a surprise, Chef Michael delivered a dessert called Banana Loca, and it was outrageously good. Picture banana, Nutella, and cream cheese inside a tortilla, deep fried to perfection, dusted with cinnamon sugar and a scoop of ice cream. All the flavours melded together , the banana paired well with the Nutella and cream cheese and the ice cream was refreshing after the heat of the diabla sauce.
Inviting family experience
Enjoyed the Mexican music
Food was fresh and delicious
Neat and clean
There is a family take out menu that is posted on Facebook, a great idea!
Parking could be an issue at peak times of the day, plan ahead.
Price Point for lunch: $$$ out of $$$$$
Well worth the money!
Points for a lunch experience: 4.5 out of 5