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“British pub food with a engaging host”
Review of Cafe Magana - CLOSED

Cafe Magana
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Good fish and chips ( ask for extra crispy). There are better fish tacos around town than here. Huge paperback , DVD and talking book library for trading. The host makes you feel really welcome.

1  Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The owner Geoffrey is from England and knows how to make batter.
The onion rings are to die for.
He has a varied menu which is good value

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1  Thank Bobajijic
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Three of us went for a hearty lunch today and what a feed we enjoyed. Mrs. OJ and I have eaten here on previous visits to her brother, who lives in Ajijic. He is a Magana regular, stopping by often for a meal or an order of ribs to take home. Owner Jeff offers 8 different BBQ sauces, so you have whatever you like in terms of spicy, sweet, smoky, hot, etc.
Today we started off with a full order of onion rings, perfectly done with a delicate beer batter, not too greasy and oh so good. We then feasted on a hearty 6-oz. hamburger with all the trimmings, roast beef with a yummy onion gravy and 2 gigantio fish fillets with the same batter we enjoyed on the onion rings. The accompanying tartar sauce was among the best I've ever tasted. Sides included very good mashed potatoes, decent fries (I like them a little crisper), a generous bowl of BBQ beans *just spicy enough) and rough-chopped coleslaw with a slightly-sweet mayonnaise dressing. All good, but almost more than we could eat. Brother-in-law needed a sugar jolt, so we split the rich chocolate mousse, loaded with whipped cream and slivered almonds. Outrageous, but somehow we managed to finish it off.
The final tab, with 3 iced teas, was 424 pesos -- about $33 US. Great value and the overall quality was quite good. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the Riberas area.

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Cafe Magana is founded and run by a Brit who married a Mexican, long ago, and has settled here to raise his kids and run a business. His fare is a mix of Mexican and familiar Brit fare, and of course soccer matches will be on the telly here. Try his signature barbecue sauces -- they are all deliciious. This cafe also serves as all but a community center for local ex-pats, about half of Canadian and half USA origin.

1  Thank John R
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

We eat at Cafe Magaña about once a month or more, and have always found the food to be very good. I go for the fish and chips, which is priced depending on how many pieces of fish you want and how many side orders. The decor and the menu are designer-oriented, so posters featuring Versace, DKNY, Guess, and Dior abound. The owner Jeffrey provides a large and active book exchange for local residents.

1  Thank OaklandScorpio
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