Ahora – Mexican Cuisine

We originally headed downtown for the Latin Festival at City Hall, but it rained hard during the day that there wasn’t much to see😓. To stay with the theme, we picked out a highly rated Mexican restaurant near Byward Market – Ahora.

After I stepped down an ordinary flight of stairs, I walked into this extremely vibrant nook with Hispanic music in the background. I felt like I entered the Coco movie. Love the ambience!😄

So, you order at the counter and pay first, then the waiter will bring your food to the table. They have a self-serve water jug and salsa bar in one corner. Who doesn’t love an unlimited self-serve bar? There were a few choices of hot sauces and toppings. I filled up on the pickled jalapenos.✌

I got Burrito Grande with steak and a side of salad because that was their most popular choice in the burrito section.‍‍ (please ignore my oily face😅). The salad was dressed in light olive oil, I think? The lettuce salad was topped with a few slices of pepper, 1 slice of tomato and 2 slices of cucumbers. A little stingy with the toppings? My burrito was fairly loose. I would say the burrito maker here wasn’t as skillful as the burrito maker in Chipotle. The burrito was tasty though. It had lots of fillings – beans, rice, lettuce, guacamole, and steak. The steak bits were yummy, but I wish they were more juicy or tender. I haven’t had many authentic Mexican burritos, so I am probably not the best judge of it. But in my opinion, I prefer Chipotle’s burrito😝, even though I know it is a commercialized chain restaurant that may be far from authentic Mexican cuisine.

B had the Enchilada de carne with a side of rice and beans. The tomato rice was quite flavourful and the beans were a bit salty for me. B thought the steak filled enchilada was simple, good, authentic Mexican food, although he has definitely had better. Well, with Mexico right under them, the States must have mastered a few secret Mexican cooking tricks up their sleeves. And so of course, B would have tried better Mexican restaurant.

We came in 5:15pm and the restaurant was empty then. But people started pouring in soon after. I guess it was dinner time as well. Around 5:45pm, it was packed with people waiting on the stairs. I’d like to think that we bring the crowd with us.😋 Anyways, being packed was a sign of popularity. They stated on their website that they are “Ottawa’s best Mexican restaurant”, but the food did not convince me. However, if judging solely on the interior decor, I would say they are the best.


307 Dalhousie St.

Burrito grande – $9.75
Enchilada de carne – $13.95


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