The menu lists some scrumptuous preparations of sea food, other then crispy fried calamari, their Grilled Fish with Tamarind sauce and the Crispy Fish Fillet both dishes cooked with the fresh catch of snappers is the restaurants’ specialty. They also serve a variety of steaks cooked with the prime cut of juiciest beef, one can find almost all popular steaks here, done to perfection, topped with great sauces and sides. The menu is a little weaker on sandwiches; apart from three different sandwich entrees, there are no burgers. The meat dishes are marinated in choicest of ingredients that are mostly imported. However, I often wonder why most restaurant owners import the ingredients, rather then using the local fresh ingredients. Talking to Hifza, she mentioned two reasons, firstly they are not continually available, secondly there is a lot of deviation in the quality which makes it difficult for them to maintain the quality of food, and so they prefer importing their ingredients.
Now talking about the drinks menu; of course to wash down all these zesty meals one definitely need something to drink, and wow The Red Lady cocktail was a pleasant surprise. A cool, refreshing, perfectly blended drink of beetroot, banana and lemon. My next favorite on their list which I tried were cucumber and mint lemonade, and the most unique was the sweet tasting, mixed fruit punch. Gracias also offers freshly pressed juices of the fruits in season. The fried ice cream –turned out exploding with textures and flavors. A downright treat for sweet tooth, which no one can have just once. Having said that at this time the choice of deserts is limited to only three, I am sure as the restaurant picks up there will be more to select from.
During the conversation the owners share the future plans for the restaurants; they will soon come up with Burgers as well as Tapas and Pella. Also, they have an expansion plan at the basement to increase the current seating capacity. The restaurant definitely have a long way to go and definitely promises to make this little initiative into the talk of the town for Mexican food lovers.
Blog write up; Farah Kamal
Photography: Farah Kamal
This blog published in Express Tribune