pageview

Venues

Baha Taco Restaurant

Baha Taco Restaurant
Write a Review
Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Light meals, Mexican, Tapas, Vegetarian
Payment
Snapscan
Corkage
R40

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

Food
There’s a reason why Baha Taco has gained a reputation as one of Johannesburg’s best places to try out Mexican food. Dynamic, authentic and imaginative, the dishes on their menu persuade you to keep coming back, because you can’t eat them all in one sitting.

For the uninitiated, the corn tortilla chips with roasted tomato salsa and a side of guacamole is a good introduction to the flavourful and ethically sourced and -made cuisine (the corn is GMO-free and South African). If you’re brave, the jalapeño rellenos make all other poppers fade in comparison.

Remaining true to its origins as a food truck, Baha Taco serves quick, yet fresh and tasty quesadillas and gluten-free soft corn tacos with delicious fillings. Try the sirloin steak taco, made with meat that’s grilled while you watch, which is so tender and delicious it hardly needs chewing. For vegetarians, halloumi, veg and re-fried beans tacos are a treat for the taste buds. To satisfy a cheese craving, opt for the free-range chicken quesadilla, or the one with mushrooms, peppers and jalapeño chilli.

A delightfully indulgent banana chimichanga with flan and toffee sauce, or churros served with chocolate sauce will be the perfect sweet ending to your meal.

Drinks
One word: Tequila. Try Baha Taco’s pineapple, gingerbread or mint tequila. In addition to the experimental dessert shots, a fairly wide selection of drinks is available, including craft beers, in the warm and welcoming cantina adjoining the restaurant.

Service
Staff members are friendly and efficient. Parking may sometimes be hard to find, depending on how busy it is.

Ambience
Baha Taco has a warm and cheerful ambience that tells you it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but you can expect food made from the heart. Because the food is prepared out in the open, not only are you assured that the best care is taken in making your meal, but the whole restaurant just smells delicious! Whether you sit inside or at the street-side tables, it’s the type of restaurant you go to for a good chill.

And…
The soups here in winter make all the sense in the world. Try the seafood chowder made with grilled prawn, line fish, calamari, bacon, chorizo, sweetcorn and potato. Mmmm… está riquísimo!

(June 2017)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

User reviews

  • Best Mexican food in Jozi. The food is always fresh and the menu often has new and interesting options. The vibe is great, prices reasonable.
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • I love the look of the place and the food was good, however, after working there I an say with absolute disappointment that I will never go back there. What happens behind the scenes with the staff payment is absolutely disgusting! The owners love to talk about uplifting their staff and being fair, however, most of the staff there do not even know what they are being paid and some have not even been paid. They brag about how well they are doing financially and how they do not even know what to do with all their money, and then they pay their staff min wage!! I personally inquired about pay on more than one occasion as I needed to know whether or not it was worth me commuting from Cresta to Norwood, or not. Dave and Kat were unable to give me a min salary and kept on telling me that I would have to work for an undisclosed amount of time to prove my monetary value to them. This raised red flags... I approached them and gave notice to leave as i was unhappy with the fact that there was no way for me to know if I was going to lose money or make enough to cover my financial responsibilities. Only then did they tell me that I would be paid R900 per week plus tips (which are shared between all staff and does not equate to your quality of service delivery). If they had told me this from the start I would never have worked there as I spent R500 in a week on fuel there and back. I requested them to pay me in order to fill up my car (I offered to help them out for two more weekends and needed fuel to get there) and I received a mere R400 (incl tips). I will never be going back there and I can guarantee you right now that they will not pay me for the second week I worked there!
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • Pity I can only do one star... Can I not rate lower than 1 star? What an absolute JOKE! I thought it would be great to support new local business and have my function at Baha Taco. I contacted the restaurant on the 05/10/2016 querying whether I could host my function there and spoke to Kat who said I should email, which I duly did. By the 10/10/2016 I had received no response (after two follow up phone calls). So I called (again on the Monday) only to be told "we work very hard and run a restaurant you know, Monday's are actually our day off, we don't sit around looking at emails all day we've been very busy, we will get to you when we get to you". The gentleman I spoke to (owner apparently - laughable) was quite astounded I was upset after 5 days of being ignored regardless of follow ups. So, not to be completely taken aback I asked whether they would be able to host my function... sadly enough they confirmed availability. They did, admittedly and begrudgingly I assume deign to type a one paragraph email confirming my function and the price stating that it was booked on the say I called (I was never told - Kat was very busy at the time of my phone call). 2 days later (12/10/2016) I confirmed my function in writing and queried the price and whether the BYOB charge could be brought down a little per head. There was a customary no response from Baha Taco (but you know, the function was booked, so why panic - and honestly, who wants to bother rude owners during the day). So today (19/10/2016) I called them as I had received nothing regarding the price so that I could confirm prices etc only to be told by Kat (with an exceptionally nonchalant manner) "Oh, ummmmm, we are having an issue with our electricians and the light in that room, you had better find somewhere else." When I asked her to repeat herself, after all it is 50 people and two days away I was told "oh, well, you queried the price so I assumed you had booked elsewhere." - when I told her I couldn't believe what she was saying she responded "ohhh.... well... Sigh.... I think... Sigh.... I will have to make a plan then". Well. I have never. Such DISGUSTING customer "service" I can't even deem to call it service. Rude responses, empty promises and two days before a function of 50 people which (was "booked when I called on the 05/10/2016") is unacceptable. Not to mention that Kat didn't even bother to call me and follow up. Or tell me there was a problem. Or bother to try and make another plan. I cannot even believe how little you care for your customers, your client services or your business. Your total disregard to me and the other 50 people who were going to support your establishment on Friday is disgusting. You will not be in business long. I just told 50 people (including restaurant owners, writers and publicists, not to mention business owners and residents in your area) what you have done (some of these people are regulars who referred me) and they will not be returning. I will also proceed to ensure that ANYONE I come into contact with knows about this deplorable treatment. Clearly you don't like money. Or your business. And I can't WAIT to see your rude response below as is standard to anything negative (or just a booking inquiry) about your establishment. What a joke. I should never have attempted to support you after reading your rudeness to the patrons below. I hope you guys continue to be so busy that you can't provide customer service and the rudeness and non-caring helps you gain popularity. I doubt it though. Nice knowing you, I will celebrate your business closing down. (Shared on Facebook and Twitter... But hey, you don't need business, you are SO BUSY)
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • Absolutely love it here - best authentic Mexican in Johannesburg. No questions asked. Hand pressed soft tacos and tortillas, brilliant flavours. Simply the best thing to happen to Norwood and Johannesburg in ages.
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food

Menu

Set menu - Menu Currently Unavailable

Facilities

  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

Write a review

Nearby Restaurants

Promoted restaurants

Eatout