Hola, Publika: With Coco playing on the TV and sugar skulls and colourful La Catrina portraits on the wall, KL's new Mexican restaurant has launched in time for the Nov. 2 Day of the Dead holiday. Fun fact: Chica Bonita is the sister outlet of Penang's Holy Guacamole restaurant.
Tacos and burritos abound. You can order individual tacos (in a choice of crispy or soft corn tortillas) to sample a wider variety. Meat-and-flavour-packed highlights include the Pulled Beef Barbacoa (RM13; with eight-hour slow-cooked brisket, buoyed with onions, coriander and lettuce) and Pato (RM15; smooth smoked duck with zesty mojo sauce, pineapple salsa and cabbage).
Balance that with a fresh-to-order vegetarian burrito, nicely stuffed with spiced pumpkin, grilled mushroom asada, guacamole and pico de gallo salsa, reasonably lively-tasting enough to do justice to Mexican traditions (RM25).
Chica Bonita's menu is extensive. Mexican tlayuda isn't often seen in KL, but you'll find the southwestern Oaxaca state's equivalent of pizza here - 12-inch tortillas topped with possibilities like prawns and squid with refried beans and cheese, a worthwhile order for folks seeking something a little different (RM44).
Can't leave a true-blue Mexican joint without getting a bit (or a lot) tipsy. Sip on cocktails like the Lomo Paloma (RM30; premium tequila with grapefruit soda and lime juice, rimmed with Mexico's tajin chile pepper seasoning) and Coronarita (RM60; a Margarita mixed with Mexico's pale lager for big, big gulps).
Lot 34, Level G2, Block C5, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1030am-10pm.