Friday, August 31, 2007

Frida's in Beverly Hills

We went to San Diego and LA for our first wedding anniversary in 2006. Abhijit and I drove out to LA, and decided to try this place after reading a rave review in a guide book. It has a wonderful location - right in the heart of snazzy Beverly Hills, and people-watching in this fashionable area is a treat if you manage to get a window-facing table. Parking was relatively easy to find - there is a public parking lot practically next to the restaurant, which is free for the first hour, then a dollar per additional hour. A bargain!

Even though it was a Friday afternoon, we didn't need a reservation. But the place was becoming progressively busier with time. Now for the food. The menu is a far cry from your average mexican fare of burritos and enchiladas. Think more exotic and authentic instead. We had a wonderful starter of shrimp tacos smeared in a tangy orange sauce, and my entree of sesame-encrusted chicken with Chilean chocolate sauce was simply divine. Service was snappy and courteous, and the portions very generous. If you're after more authentic mexican cuisine in smart surroundings and the chance of a celebrity sighting, then this is a must. Our total bill, including superb margaritas, came to approximately $70. Well worth every cent.

Frida: 236 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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