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Baha Taco Restaurant

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

Critic's review

Siphiwe Mpye

Food
Baha Taco focuses squarely on tasty, fresh and authentic Mexican fare, while running the ambit of wood-roasted nachos, cheesy quesadillas, gluten-free soft-corn tacos and flaming jalapeños.

Sometimes I go for the surprising flavours and textures of the potato-and-chorizo quesadilla or just stick with my staple chicken quesadilla, always with fresh free-range chicken – and for one who knows free-range chicken to mean umleqwa, I can vouch for the familiar, earthy taste. The chickens are ethically sourced, just like the establishment’s pork, beef and fish. The vegetables are also straight from the farm and there are plenty of vegetarian options, including a lively mushroom, pepper and jalapeño chili quesadilla or the haloumi, veg and refried beans taco.

The servings could be slightly bigger; a hearty appetite will need at least two dishes (plus perhaps a side) to be satisfied. I wouldn’t recommend the wings – other places do them better – but you should definitely sink your teeth into the beer-battered hake taco – a fresh, fluffy tempura fried hake on top of a delectable slaw. The quality of the food far outweighs the scarcity of parking or lapses in service.

There are no desserts but coffee and tea is available.

Drinks
Everything from Corona and a selection of craft beers (on tap and from the bottle), to loads of tequila and G&T.

Service
The food is definitely better than the service, which may be down to staff turnover, but overall the experience is worthwhile.

Ambience
Laid-back with self-service drinks (grab a glass from a communal table and help yourself to a drink from the fridge). If you’re looking for something other than a sparkling water, juice or soft drink, the barman at the adjoining cantina has an arsenal of craft refreshment on tap.

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(August 2018)

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    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)

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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.
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  • 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!
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Facilities

  • Dinner
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