Occasionally (about once every decade) we revisit a Mexican restaurant. It brings back memories of youthful overindulgence when Mexican food was useful for soaking up tequila slammers. But to be honest I find the cuisine lacking in subtlety and particularly texture - the gastronomical equivalent of a child's painting set with only the primary colours available.
We walk past Zapata's many times as it is just down the road, and it always seems to be well patronised by a younger crowd so on impulse we decided to give it another go.
We had the combination dips; tomato con chilli - tasted like a salsa sauce out of a jar; frijole con queso - a bland brownish bean paste, chilli con queso, and guacamole (which tasted freshly made).
For mains we had chilli con carne, and sin carne - a vegetarian medley of enchiladas and chilli relleno served with rice. I enjoyed the chilli con carne and the fried bread it was served on. With the sin carne we asked for frijoles instead of rice but it came with rice anyway - oh well.
Overall it was fine. The service was pleasant, the food was hot and came reasonably quickly. We paid about $70 for the above for two of us including the half price margaritas. We were left with the impression of a place that understands its market, and cranks out a standard fare efficiently and is probably a gold mine. Excellent place to take a large group for an office dinner, or to have a quick meal before the theatre or movies.
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