Monday, May 25, 2009

Rojo Mexican Bistro - Novi

I am managing quite well as a one handed lefty and actually have managed to plant a few pots and my window boxes! However, there is a limit to what I can do outside and that was a good excuse to get together with friends for a movie and meal. Movie watching can be done comfortably with a broken elbow, and although I am a bit messy eating left handed, I can manage it with only minor a few spills.

We ate a late lunch after the movie at Rojo Mexican Bistro in the Fountain Walk Complex in Novi. The restaurant is upscale Mexican and is very plush inside with cozy circular booths as well as tables that are comfortably spaced through a beautiful room with high ceilings. I loved the large murals which were painted in the style of Diego Rivera. There were big windows along one side, so during the day it felt bright and airy.

First off, chips and salsa are not incuded in the meal as they typically are at a Mexican restaurant - you have to order them as an appetizer for an extra $4.99. We weren't super hungry, so we passed on the appetizers The menu has classical Mexican items such as tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas. You could add meat to these items for additional cost. I found the prices to be slightly higher than your typical Mexican Restaurant (and the portions were a bit smaller). What sets the menu apart is a lot of unique items including grilled entrees (the mahi mahi sounded really good).

My friends ordered the enchildas verde and the chunky beef burrito. They enjoyed both of them. They described the sauce on the burrito as "just the right amount of spicy with a touch of sweetness." We thought the line of guacamole looked a bit like a piece of aparagus laying on top of the burrito - a bit strange!

I went for some simple chicken enchiladas. They were served with a side of rice and a bit of lettuce and tomato (I left off the beans) - nothing too unusual there. I thought the chicken inside was outstanding - nicely flavored and tender which made eating left handed easy. They also were filled with a 3 cheese blend, but I didn't really notice much of the cheese, actually. A mild flavored red sauce and a sprinkle of queso fresco cheese on top. It was good, but I personally like my enchiladas to be a bit cheesier!

Service was fine, although we had to wait a while before anyone noticed we were there and came to seat us (it was mid afternoon, so maybe they weren't expecting customers). I saw enough interesting items on the menu that I would like to visit again and maybe try one of their more unique items. They have a deal during the week for 2 meals and 2 movie tickets for 35 dollars that might be a good way to try them out.

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Alison Gibbs said...

Great to hear you are managing with your left hand.
those meals do look yummy

TheTatums said...

Sorry to hear about your bike accident. I just got a new bike & am going on my first ride this afternoon! I'll be extra careful. :-) I really wanted to make a comment on that enchilada -- I thought it was a green bean laying on top! Never seen that, but it's cute.


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