Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quilas Mexican Restaurant

Step in from the cold streets of downtown, experience the passion and warmth of Quilas.

It's -10 degrees outside... You need to intensify the heat, Mexican cuisine is amazing for that. From sensual Latin music, to warm inviting decor, the friendly presence of the wait staff and yes , the salsa that pairs perfectly with every dish you devour ... Welcome to Quilas, one of two Mexican cuisine restaurants situated in Kamloops. 

Quilas is located at 330 Victoria Street, downtown Kamloops. It is a small space, though the decor commands a great impact. It is intimate and sexy, with crystal chandeliers strung from the ceiling and fascinating over sized mirrors placed on the walls . This is the ideal place to take a lover to . The staff are energetic and accommodating, and their accents are intriguing. 

Quilas menu is lovely. A compilation of delicious appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts. The meal descriptions and ingredient listings even sound romantic and interesting. There are you traditional Mexican fare options, which a North American may be familiar with, such as fajitas, chimichangas, and burritos, though once again, I would like to plea with you, try something new. Ask your server which items are popular or favorites in his/her home town. What do you really have to lose? You can go to Taco Bell any day of the week for a burrito. With that being said, my date and I decided on the guacamole to start, followed by the steak fajitas for two (which neither of us had had the pleasure of enjoying for quite some time leading up to this meal).

I chose to kick off this  experience with a beautifully blended mojito. White rum, soda water, sugar muddled with mint leaves and fresh lime, it is a must try if you have never experienced one . I might add, Quilas also has an apple cinnamon flavored mojito which is divine, and a go-to cold cocktail for a brisk night out . Our water (and my mojito), was accompanied by a decent serving of fresh tortilla chips and homemade salsa to start. The salsa, as pointed out by my friend, was slightly salty, though did not deter us from finishing the entire serving before our appetizer. 

You must experience Quilas' guacamole. On the menu it indicates that the guacamole will be prepared at your table, which it certainly is. In walks our server, Ricardo, with an inviting smile, his fold out table and his numerous bowls of ingredients along side fresh avocados. He cleans his hands then proceeds to add the multitude of ingredients to a stone bowl and mash the avocado right before your eyes. The guacamole is certainly fresh. It is spiced to perfection, and the consistency is delectable. 

Let us proceed to the fajitas. If you are not familiar with the term "fajita", let me enlighten you. It is in Tex-Mex cuisine, commonly referred to any grilled meat usually served as a taco or on a flour or corn tortilla. First we were presented with a platter of garnishes, including salsa, avocado, Mexican rice , sour cream and shredded cheeses. Next, a container filled with warm, soft, flour tortillas. Finally, a smoking hot skillet with steak, onions and bell peppers grilled to perfection. Ordering a dish of fajitas is in itself, an experience. An experience worth the 28$ price tag. The course was not only satisfying for a party of two, it was also mouth watering and fun to put together and customize our own individually.

Quilas warmed not only our stomachs, with it's delicious spice and fresh ingredients, it also warmed our hearts with it's seductive decor and atmosphere. No need for hot company to join you for this experience. Whether dinning alone as a single, as  a group of friends out on the town, or as an intimate night out for two, prepare to fall in love. Let Quilas Latin flare and passionate ambiance entice you, to not be so modest, to crank up the heat , and to let your senses guide you into a uncontrollable desire to have , just one more bite of guacamole and sip of wine. Experience the sultriness of Quilas, I promise you will not be disappointed. 

Bon appetit. 

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