I love me some Mexican food. Whether its fancy schmancy or down home, count me in! If you’re up for a little pricier comida, head to Fonda in Chelsea. It’s worth it…even just for the appetizers.
Which is exactly what I did. More often than not restaurants spend TIIIIIMMMMMEEEE on their appetizers. It’s a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck while also tasting more of what a place has to offer.
It’s basically like having tapas wherever you go!
My mom and I ordered four appetizers: the queso fundido (cause cheese), the guacamole, a corn masa cake with sautéed mushrooms, and the black bean soup.
We obviously hit all the important food groups.
The queso was fire – freaking delicious! I’m normally not a fan of queso fundido because most places add too much crema which transforms something delicious into a bland, soupy mess.
And since I no longer consider that cheese, I never order it. But I’m glad my mom did. Love her!
Fonda’s queso was ALL cheese, yummy thick cheese strands. You better devour it quickly because otherwise it solidifies and coagulates.
That’s how you know it’s real cheese and not chock full of fillers. I really appreciate that.
The guacamole was standard but well-seasoned. The kicker were the soft purple corn tortillas. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend it. I honestly could have just eaten those for dinner.
They have a sweeter flavor than their traditional yellow corn cousins and provide a perfect contrast to the salty guacamole and queso.
The masa cakes were ‘aight. I wouldn’t order them again because they were too dry for my liking but the flavor was there. It was more of a textural thing.
The concept was really nice though. I may try a version at home but tweak it into baked masa chips with sautéed mushrooms, pinto bean puree and salsa to sauce it up a bit.
Our final Mexican tapas plate was the black bean soup – which was nice and simple. There’s a new/old trend going around where chefs add too much sugar to their black beans; I’m glad Fonda didn’t jump on that bandwagon.
The beans were truly savory, just the way I like them. In my opinion, Latin food in general, and especially Mexican cuisine, is loaded with spices and salt, infusing everything with rich sabor.
Fonda delivers on the flavor, so no complaints.
Although my main focus is always food, cocktails were sorely needed to round out our dinner. I’m a rum girl but I did fancy the fresh watermelon margarita, although it hardly made it into a photo because I downed it in about three minutes. I’d say that’s good sign.