If, like me, you are a fan of Mexican food, this is a place for you. Earlier this year, El Catrin opened, much to the delight of Geneva residents who had been missing a real taste of Mexico. Portions are often small, and spices are too sparsely used. At El Catrin though, they use real corn tortillas, sprinkle queso fresco on their tacos, mix cocktails with mezcal and serve a variety of agua frescas. And all of this is needed to make up the authentic, smoky, earthy flavours of southern Mexico. The interior decoration also takes you away from the grey streets of the Paquis and into a room flanked with colorful walls and the energy of a Mexican jumping bean. On weekdays, you’ll find a young crowd drinking cocktails and Negra Modelos after work.
The restaurant offers a full Mexican spread, but if you’re feeling indecisive, go for the guacamole (creamy yet consistent) and a taco menu (in pairs or threesomes, or like the Combo El Catrin, to share with a friend). The pork options (pibil and pastor) are delish and juicy. And if you’re crazy about those taco shells, keep in mind they sell them for you to take home as well. But do book ahead: with just a few tables, this spot fills up quickly!