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Published October 25th 2018
Fantastic flavour, great service, vegetarian friendly
Fonda is a Mexican restaurant on Swan Street in Richmond. We entered there on the way to a concert at the Corner Hotel and as vegetarians, we're always on the lookout for a Mexican restaurant with good vegetarian food. Fonda certainly didn't disappoint, providing a very enjoyable meal and friendly environment.
Mexican food is a popular one for vegetarians, but we don't always get much variety on the menu. Sometimes, despite ordering several different dishes, all that arrives is an assortment of refried beans, cheese and salsa, packaged differently, but tasting very much the same.
Now, I'm a big fan of cheese, but anytime a meal has to rely on cheese to be tasty, then it's rarely worth paying good money for. Fonda certainly wasn't relying on cheese to sell itself.
The menu isn't a large one, however, the variation in the dishes is enough to make up for any lack of quantity. We opened with a grilled corn entrée, which was perfectly cooked and featured a perfect blend of chipotle aioli, queso and lime.
We had two tacos. First, a fried green tomato taco, with an unexpected cooking technique for the tomato. This was quite different to most tacos I've had, and the fried tomato was enjoyable. However our second taco, the sweet potato gem (featuring a very nice tortilla), was the real star player on team taco, exceptionally tasty, and it will be instantly ordered in multiple quantities when next we eat there.
Our main was capped off by a Herbed Mushroom Quesadilla. Quesadillas are often a very cheesy and can be a bland dish, but the herbed mushroom was exquisite. The mushroom flavour was strong and earthy, and again, the tortilla used was very nice. This dish, combined with the sweet potato taco, is the meal that brings people to the suburb just to eat there, rather than because you were already going there.
We capped it off with a Bunuelos for dessert, which was a very nice crispy flour tortilla pastry with cinnamon sugar. It was quite sweet, but also very nice, however, I could have really used a coffee with it to counter the sweetness. Sadly, Fonda don't do coffee, which is my only disappointment of the experience of eating there.
If you're looking for a very nice, well priced, Mexican restaurant with friendly staff and good service, that also provides tasty and varied vegetarian food, Fonda should be on your to-do list.