Masa: We are not quite in Mexico yet
We really wanted to love Masa.
The team behind it are the Bunsen guys, who have been delivering the best burgers in town for years. We were so sad to see Super Miss Sue and its world-class fish and chips go, so when a taqueria took its place, we really wanted it to be successful and the excitement was real.
We made our way to Masa on a Saturday, around brunch o’clock - the place was very quiet. We brought our buggy with us and the team kindly gave us a table with enough room so our little guy could continue his nap while we were having our meal.
With its exotic vibes, the decor in Masa is beautiful, and the huge windows bringing the best natural light are a dream for any Instagram addict.
The menu is quick and simple, like in Bunsen, which is always a good sign. We were here for the tacos, so we decided to order them all and share them. We began with nachos and guacamole for good measure, a classic that never disappoints, and these ones were no exception. Crispy outside, fluffy inside and served with a tasty hot sauce, the patatas bravas also ticked all our boxes.
Unfortunately, the tacos let us down. There was nothing wrong with the base, which could pass for a proper Mexican taco like we enjoyed in the Yucatan a couple of years ago. But the toppings just weren’t good enough. The chicken, topped with salsa macha and coriander, was deliciously crispy and surprisingly made for the best of the five we tried - I say surprisingly because we almost didn’t order it, as chicken is never a go-to meat for us when we eat out.
The carne asada, with steak, cheese, jalapenos, pickled onions and coriander, was okay, but we expected more from people who usually deliver the best beef in town. The mushroom one, a nice vegetarian option, was alright, with cream, avocado, pumpkin seeds and chilli, while the al-pastor, made of pork topped with pineapple dices, onion and coriander, just didn’t work for us. The one we liked the least was the fish one, not because of the battered cod, but the pickled cabbage simply didn’t taste good. The two salsas it came with didn’t manage to save the dish.
The dessert however proved a lot more satisfying. The reinvented churros, which look like a donut hybrid, came with a tasty chocolate sauce instead of the goat milk caramel announced on the menu. Served warm and coated with sugar and cinnamon, they were finger-licking delicious.
The bill came to less than €40 euros, which is a bargain nowadays for a sit-down meal in town. Was it a bad day in the kitchen, as some reviews we read of the place were so positive? It is such a shame as the city centre could really do with a good taco place, as El Grito is more of a takeaway place than a proper eatery. We’ll have to give it another try.