Baco's Centeno is Back
When Bon Appetit magazine names your restaurant one of the Top 10 newcomers in the U.S., the question you’re likely to be asked the most is, ‘what next’? So it was with much hype and anticipation that Josef Centeno (of Baco Mercat fame) heeded his fans, answered his critics, and launched his follow-up project in December - the festive, rustic-meets-industrial Bar Amá.
Named for Centeno’s great grandmother, Bar Amá is a self-proclaimed Tex-Mex eatery, but rather than finding the usual corn chips drowned in shiny cheese and salsa, guests can expect zesty and authentic dishes lovingly derived from generations of Centeno’s female ancestors.
Start with flavour-packed appetizers like polenta taquitos and Grandma’s mole, then follow with wood-grilled young goat with tomatillos, fajitas with house-made flour tortillas, chalupas and the house specialty ‘Puffy Tacos’ topped with barbacoa, shrimp, potato croquette, or our favourite, juicy carnitas. Follow dinner with drinks at the salvaged wood and iron-worked bar, taking your pick of a neat selection of Mexican beers, premium tequilas and signature cocktails like The Nacho, a tongue-tingling blend of silver tequila, Campari, chilli-lime shrub and citrus. Needless to say, competition for reservations is fierce, but since they now open for lunch (as well as dinner) Monday to Saturday and take reservations online, a little perseverance is likely to go a long way. Underlay!