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Zii Mexican Food

Zii Mexican Food
Best of the Mexican Tongue:
Where to Find the Best Tacos and Other favourites
By Natasha J

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We are usually hesitant to just throw the word "best" or "authentic" on anything as it is all so subjective and may seem audacious. But I have to say Zii Mexican Food is just that. I guarantee that what we share will make you hungry, so read on and prepare to go get tacos.

 

This was no cookie cutter Latin experience based on American eating or something churned out by a marketing department. Mexican culture is one that puts a priority on family and community meals. It is fitting that they would seek to create businesses based around those values. It also explains why dining feels as if you are in someone's personal kitchen. It is this exact openness and friendliness that we love about Mexican eating.

WechatIMG948As we spoke with Byron who is from Mexico and Joanna, the husband and wife team behind Zii Mexican Food, one thing became obvious. Their food! They only put things on the menu that they like and recipes that they truly believe in. They promise to deliver a tour of tacos and burritos with a spicy integrity. Another example of their own tastes showing up is the spice. They import all spices and Byron makes his sauces and cheese from scratch. He even makes his own Longaniza, a Mexican sausage with a perfect blend of spice and different cuts of meat. The food is always well-seasoned, especially the meat. Almost every dish has some sort of vegetable/bean presence (think chilis, tomatoes, radish, onion, garlic, lettuce, cilantro). There are no highly processed and fried foods. The restaurant is operated by proud, hardworking folks and the food goes amazingly well with beer. They are very much faithful to the Mexican roots.

 

You will be overwhelmed by the bounty of taco choices. The fresh, supple, and steamy tortilla makes for an amazing taco. The salsas are the final piece that put the tacos over the edge. Byron likes it hot and was excited to share three different salsas with us. A deeply rich and smoky salsa is among the best.

WechatIMG853While the Pozole cooled, we picked at the tacos, taking in the extreme variety in offerings: lengua, longaniza, pastor, de pollo, carnitas, de bistec, to name a few. The al pastor is interesting almost without exception. This pastor was a chopped, marinated, grilled pork with plenty of sauce. It had the expected great tang from pineapple and a heap of coriander to balance the smokiness.

 

The homemade longaniza was absolutely outstanding. It was obvious that this was one of their signature meats. Put it on a freshly homemade tortilla and add a bit of their homemade smoky salsa and you have found something worth searching for. What鈥檚 more, it also comes in Burrito form. We were absolutely blown away by this. It was so simple, but genius. You take that smoke and meat and balance it with sweet, creamy, spicy and tart salsa. Sold! To accentuate that genuine taqueria feel, they serve up their homemade tacos on the one-time use plates.

WechatIMG952The Burrito de Tradicional is marinated and shredded pork served with a hearty portion of guacamole, cheese, beans and coriander. The meat is generously spiced, rich, juicy and tender. It is a must-try in my opinion, especially with their selection of salsas.

 

The Enchiladas de Mole was definitely a highlight - it is a true reflection of Mexico, because it is made with such diverse Mexican chilis. As a matter of fact, all the chicken was as they have something special going on with their chicken. It is perfectly moist and savoury with a hint of smoke. Enchiladas are made of chicken wrapped in corn tortillas, topped with sauce and covered with cheese, sour cream and onion. The Mole sauce is a unique Mexican sauce made from spices, chili and Abuelita鈥檚 cocoa.

WechatIMG175Also tugging at us was the tostadas. This dish was a diversity of flavours and textures. The crunchy corn tortilla against the tender chicken, a top layer of lettuce, sour cream and cheese was phenomenal.

 

Zii Mexican Food is a perfect combination of extremely welcoming and friendly folks, handmade and well-prepared food and excellent value. The prices on the menu are very reasonable ranging from 20 to 40 RMB. As for the food and our recommendation, it really is not something you can take in all in one trip. It took us multiple visits to get into other realms, like soup, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos and so much more!

 

Byron and his wife are constantly working on additional items and will soon be relocating from their current location to a trendier joint to accommodate all the Tianjiners that keep coming back for more!

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