307 Dalhousie St.

Rating: ** 1/2
Signature Drink: Sangria and Jarritos
Signature Dish: Burrrito de Pollo
Dinner & drinks for 2: $30

Tucked away, below the bustle of the Byward Market, is a brightly-painted Mexican cafeteria-style restaurant called Ahora.

On my first visit, I ordered the Burrito de Pollo ($7), which came with a healthy portion of Spanish rice on a colourful fiesta-blue plate. The burrito was filled with a delicious blend of chicken, salsa, cheese and guacamole.

When I visited a second time, we ordered the Tortilla Soup ($4). Although my friend thought it was great, I found the soup peppery. The Enchilada de Pollo ($12) sounded promising but ended up tasting bland. My friend enjoyed the Quesadilla de Pollo ($7), which was crispy on the outside and filled with a blend of chicken, cheese and guacamole. For extra flavour, there's a salsa bar that includes cilantro, salsa verde and their signature Ahora sauce.

On my first visit, the Alfajores ($3) enticed me. Two layers of cake sandwiched with Dulce de Leche and coated with coconut was my kind of dessert. Disappointingly, Ahora didn't offer any desserts on my second visit.

Although my first experience at this restaurant was pleasant, I was disenchanted when I returned. However, I will visit again to enjoy their Chicken Burrito, indulge in a glass of Sangria ($5) and hope that dessert will be available.

Dining out

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Metropolitan Brasserie
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Gourmet Session
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