Tex Mex Buka Puasa Buffet at Frontera Jaya One
I wasn’t exactly sure what the difference is between Mexican and Tex-Mex so I turned to wikipedia which said “”Tex-Mex” (combination of Texan and Mexican) is a term describing a regional American cuisine that blends food products available in the United States and the culinary creations of Mexican-Americans influenced by Mexican cuisine.” Alright, bring on the tacos, meat, beans and cheese!
Anyway, one of my favourite places to eat Tex-Mex food is Frontera Sol Of Mexico in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. I particularly like their Taco Tuesday promotions (all you can eat tacos for one price) and they are also known for their Margaritas (if you’re the drinking type).
** This is a pic heavy post. Possible side effects : Hunger and drooling **
Thus, I was quite pleased to be invited last Saturday to sample the Ramadhan Tex-Mex Buffet menu that will be ongoing from Monday, 24 July until 18 August.
As the flyer/menu on the left says, the Ramadhan buffet offers everyone a choice of 12 starters with one main course, 6 desserts and free flow ice lemon tea.
Now on to more food pics!
The “style” of this buffet is that you chose one main meal from the menu (there are 18 selections) while the starters and desserts are a buffet.
With the starters you get a combination of 12 of the following :
BBQ Chicken Wings, Taquitos de Pollo, soup of the day, 2 types of mini tacos, 2 types of mini tostadas (chips!), 2 types of bruschettas, rice (either mexican rice or cilantro & lime rice), potatoes (mashed or baked) and a Salad station with 2 types of dressing & 2 types of toppings and more.
Clockwise from top left : Mushroom bruschetta, chicken bruschetta, BBQ wings, Taquitos de Pollo and (I think) vege bruschetta.
Taquitos de Pollo is chicken/beef mixed with cheese and some stuff then rolled in a flour tortila and the whole thing is fried. Oh so fattening but oh sooo good. Wings were smothered in yummy BBQ sauce and bruschetta is well, mushroom/chicken on slices of bread with cheese on top.
Left pic – Clockwise from top left : Mashed potatoes, fish tacos and Mexican Rice. Right pic – Chicken tacos.
Well I skipped the mash and rice this round because I wanted more space for the taquitos main meals. The tacos come in the soft shell which I think is better for buffets as the hard shells can get a bit soggy.
Salad bar – Mixed greens with Bacon bits (not in pic), cheese (the yellow stuff), crispy tortilla strips and 3 dressings.
Salad. Can’t go wrong with this one. Its basic garden salad with assorted toppings. Interestingly they had Salsa Verde+ sour cream as a topping. Salsa Verde is a green version of salsa which is less sourish (in my opinion) than its redder counterpart. I found this a nice combo on top of the salad.
Soup of the day was Chipotle Mushroom soup. It’s a clearish soup with a kick, reminds me of Rassam (the indian soup). I quite liked it but I think this is more of an acquired taste. Also I realized I forgot to take pics of the Tostadas (beef and tofu), so below is a pic I pau from “GluttonsSquare” (check out their review)
I must say that given the choices of the starters, I was quite tempted to forgo the main course straight away because it was so good! So yea, eat the starters in moderation.
For the main course, you can choose ONE of the following :
Chilli Cheese Burger, Guacamole Bacon Burger, Texas BBQ Burger, Chicken Enchiladas, Enchiladas Nortena, Classic Cheese Enchiladas, “Lone Star” Burrito, Chicken Chimichanga, Beef Chimichanga, Prawn Chimichanga, BBQ Grilled Pineapple Chicken, Chicka Boom Boom, San Antonia Chicken, Fish and Chips, Spicy Prawn Diablo and Maple Glazed Salmon.
Yea it was quite difficult to make a decision especially with the weird names (Chimi-what?) but the waitress was quite helpful in explaining what the dish was. I’m told the burgers are nice but I decided to go for the Enchiladas Nortena which was cheese wrapped with tortilla with chili con carne (with minced chicken) poured over the top.
Mine was served with a side of refried beans but the feedback from a lot of bloggers (myself included) that the side dishes made the whole dish too filling (especially if you’ve eaten quite a bit of the starter buffet). Personally I must say this is a dish for the cheese lovers. The tortillas were generously stuffed with cheese so I’d only order this if I was super hungry.
The two dishes above was food from the other people around the table – Maple Glazed Salmon and BBQ Grilled Pineapple Chicken. I didn’t hear any complaints from them so I would assume that it was nice :P
The next time I go, I think I might want to try out the Chimichangas. It looks like tortilla stuffed and rolled like a popiah then baked. Here’s a pic from Malaysian Foodie (check out her review)
For the sweet tooths, the dessert choices are : Mexican flan, brownies, fruit popsicles, fiesta de fruita, churros, tres leches cake & more
Mexican flan is something somewhat like crème caramel and tastes milky. Like condensed milk. Fruit popsicles are something you don’t see often in buffets – cut fruits frozen in cups. Fiesta de fruita is mixed fruit in cream.
The mexican flan is my favourite dessert of the night. I’m quite choosy about my desserts so the other stuff are just ok for me.
At RM50++ per (adult) head, I feel this buffet is quite worth it given the amount of food you get. Not to mention that Tex-Mex food is never cheap, especially when you consider the ingredients.
So, do call 03 7958 8515 to book a table as reservation is highly recommended.
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* All meats at Frontera are HALAL certified
I was invited to this review by Frontera and TableFour.Us, a reservation app (its FREE!) for iOS users which lets you reserve a table at the convinience of your finger tips. Opinions expressed in this blog are my own.
Thanks for the preview & great photos.
Hope you & your friends will drop by soon.
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