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Baha Taco Restaurant

6 Reviews
Light meals, Mexican, Tapas, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0766947400 Opening Hours

Monday Closed; Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 9pm; Saturday 11am to 8pm

Menu

Menu - Menu Currently Unavailable

Details

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Food
Light meals, Mexican, Tapas, Vegetarian
Corkage
R40
Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Payment
Diners Club, Snapscan
Facilities
Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

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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User reviews

6 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.
    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!
    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)
    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.
    Came here a few days after it first opened and had a beef burrito - one of the best things I have ever eaten! absolutely superb, authentic and very well priced. We ordered a takeout, so cannot judge the service too much, although I found the complimentary homemade nachos and dip a very nice touch whilst waiting for your food to be ready. Staff were all polite, friendly and made an effort to chat to you. We went back after a few months, but unfortunately as it's a cash only establishment (or pay via some app) we had to leave. Cash machine across the road wasn't working and we didn't want to travel too far for an ATM. This is the only downside I think (unless this has now changed!) Also the beef burrito wasn't on the menu, which I really hope was just a menu cycle change rather than it being removed permanently. Would love to go back again - I highly recommend it. If you have never tried mexican food before, you are in safe hands with Baha Taco and they will open your eyes to an amazing new cuisine!

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