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“Funky and Fabulous” 5 of 5 stars
Review of anita li

anita li
inglaterra 3100, Guadalajara, Mexico
36474757
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Ranked #6 of 453 restaurants in Guadalajara
Price range: $20 - $25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mex
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Funky and Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This well known restaurant has been a destination for expats and Mexican locals alike. Located on a side street near the train tracks, you wonder how it was found. But with busy valet parking and a lively dining room, it is obvious that this eatery is popular.

The menu is a delightful mix of offerings, with an Asian inspiration. My group had ceviche to start, which was made from salmon in an almost pâté like texture. Shaped like a can of tuna, it had a topping of a mild wasabi, garlic aioli with a center small dollop of caviar and miniature red tomatoes. It was accompanied by home made crackers in huge wedges, just perfect for carrying the yummy ceviche to your salivating mouth.

This was followed by a ground lamb burger, probably the best burger ever. Large and juicy, the bun was separated to reveal the pattie, cheese (mike and possibly smoked), more aioli, lettuce and tomato. On the large plate was a beautiful green salad, lightly dressed and potato sticks. It was divine in every way.

Dessert followed with an usual profiterole. It was a base and cap of pastry with a round of home made ice cream, one with coffee, one with vanilla. On top of each was a lovely thick dark chocolate sauce and toasted coconut. Light and refreshing after the big burger, it was shared by the group.

The dining room is very eclectic, a combo of shabby chic and contemporary charm. there was another dining area that may have been more outdoors, but it was missed until we were leaving. I can't wait to return.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Guadalajara, Mexico
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Anita Li maybe has the best and most creative cuisine in Guadalajara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

SInce you enter the place you know you are going to have some surprises. The decor is simple, non-pretentious and somehow of good taste. But different. So is the menu. You have to ask questions to understand what they are offering you. But then the food arrives at the table and all you hear is aahhh!!! mmmmmmm!!! and everybody wants to try what the other people are eating. It becomes a party, a feast, a celebration, as you start doubting wether the other person next to you mada a better choice, including, of course, the desserts. Drinks are good. Cost is not inexpensive, but reasonable.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“A standard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

It's close to home. The food is good almost always- and living here- I am not as impatient as most tourists!

Visited December 2012
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants in Guadalajara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Service: very good, professional and always helpful
Food: already tried almost everything on the menu, and everything is really tasty an fresh! My number one would be the vacio, for the meat's quality, you could almost cut it with your fork.
Ambiance: despite being crowed of "show off" people, the place itself isn't over-doing it, decoration is actually quite eccentric.
Price: i'd say it`s cheap for this quality.
To improve: Some cocktails and sides could be better. The espresso is just not an espresso

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not what it used to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Although Anita Li shares the chef from its sister restaurant "I Latina" the food disappointed me during my last visit. It is not that it was bad but it was not as excellent as I remember it. Sure, they keep the excellent freshness in their ingredients, innovation in all of their dishes but somehow the taste did not feel as amazing as it did some time ago. It is still an excellent place to be and be seen, the place has this great vibe that makes you feel you are in one of the coolest places in town.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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