Say hola! to Broken City’s new menu. The indie pub located on 11th Ave. S.W. is now serving dishes exclusively from south of the border with its authentic take on Mexican cuisine.

In an effort to shake up the local dining scene Broken City owner Zak Pashak created a menu that offers “healthy fresh and simple food that makes you feel good after eating it.” From single servings of tacos and burritos from $2.95 and $4.95 to more plentiful platter offerings for those with heartier appetites the menu has a nice range of dishes that will sate your late-night cravings or make for a casual lunch.

Diving into the new menu of “untraditional pub fare” my companions and I started off with the ceviche Veracruz ($12.50) a dish consisting of snapper shrimp and assorted seafood with cilantro tomatoes and onions marinated in lime juice and tequila served with tortilla chips.

As our helpful server brought the ceviche to the table he recommended we splash olive oil on the dish first to temper the strong cilantro and lime flavours. Strong it was — a little too citrus-heavy but still tasty.

We also sampled the tomato and avocado salad ($6.95) a basic salad that tastes exactly as it sounds tossed with a mild cilantro dressing. We tried the vegetarian black bean soup (small $3.95 large $5.50). This freshly made chili-like soup was bursting with beans and corn and packed with spicy flavour. This dish is bound to be a crowd-pleaser during the harsh days of winter.

Moving on to the platters we ordered the tostadas with chicken and beef ($7.95). Resembling little pizzas these crispy tortillas were topped with beans queso frescos (a Mexican term for crumbly cheese) lettuce and jicama matchsticks. The tostadas were pretty average. Both the chicken and the beef were lacking in flavour — nothing a little seasoning couldn’t help though.

My colleague had the burritos and the consensus was the same — all the ingredients were good just lacking in vibrancy. Perhaps the bean or shredded soy beef vegetarian fillings pack more punch. Side dishes like the roasted corn on the cob were delish.

We didn’t have the tacos but as with the aforementioned platters you can choose between four different fillings of beef chicken shredded soy beef and beans or snapper. Yum.

For dessert if you are feeling so inclined give the churros and chocolate sauce ($7.50) a shot or share the chocolate Chile cake baked exclusively for Broken City by the Buttercream Bake Shoppe ($6.95).

Over the course of the meal we had two different servers — both were friendly attentive and definitely keen to discuss the new menu with us.

I applaud Broken City for trying something new with their menu. Though a little fine-tuning is required to work the kinks out serving Mexican food in a pub atmosphere is a great way to change up the same old pub grub.

Broken City is located at 613 11 Avenue S.W.; phone 262-9976.

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