This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. Urban chic combines with south-of-the-border style in Masa's sophisticated dining space, featuring the elegance of fabric screens and hand-blown glass fixtures alongside brightly colored sketches of beautiful Mexicans. The menu offers classic Mexican dishes favoring "strong regional authenticity," including some of Mexico-born head chef Saul Chavez's family recipes. Sea salt and lime replace traditional hot sauces on each table, so if you need to kick up the heat, request a cup of habanero salsa. Overlooking downtown's Nicollet Mall, Masa's popular outdoor patio is a lovely spot for people watching while devouring puerco Veracruzana (pork shoulder marinated in lime, garlic, and chile ancho and cooked in a banana leaf).
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Irreverent Indian cuisine is new to Cape Town, and this mod, mostly white café on a busy downtown street stands out even more for its focus on the foods of South India. The menu is full of tongue-in-cheek homages to Bollywood, and the roster of <em>dosas</em> (South Indian rice and lentil pancakes), curries and traditional accompaniments includes playful touches (like the “cheese melt” <em>dosa</em> and chocolate <em>lassis</em>).
We loved: Ginger and coconut chicken.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.