Teqa, a fine Mexican restaurant on 30th street and Third Avenue has a new Executive Chef, Steve Cruz and a new menu featuring authentic Mexican cuisine and vibrant cocktails.
Chef started us off with a sampling of appetizers, some of which included Black Bean Soup, Pulled Pork Tacos, Calamari in a Spicy Cream Sauce, and Fresh Tuna and Tortilla Chips. A Trio of Guacamole, and a Trio of Salas’s and home made Corn Tortilla Chips made the table as well. The appetizer selection is sassy, fresh, and unique, taking traditional cuisine and making it more modern and fun. I was seriously in love with the starters, especially when paired with the Layada Cocktail and the Voo Doo Child Cocktail, which are both citrusy, refreshing, and have that perfect kick to mellow some of the spice in the food.
Now, be sure to save room for an entrée and if possible dessert, because you will not want to miss out on what I believe to be some of the best scallops I have had. I have scallops everywhere I go, and yes, when I review them in an article its because I believe they are the best, so these too are added to my best scallops list. They are meaty, perfectly cooked, and dressed with Butternut Squash Reduction, Corn Puree, and Yuka Chips. This dish is stunning, delicious, and a must order if you’re a scallop fan. If you’re more of a short rib lover, then you will want to try the Boneless Short Ribs, which are braised for seven hours in a Tamarind BBQ Sauce. The short ribs fall apart the second your fork reaches them, and shred to perfection while you enjoy every single meaty bite. The entrée’s went perfectly with the Hibiscus Rose Margarita, which first struck my interest being that it was a hot pink color, but then as I tasted it, I soon realized that this was my favorite cocktail of the night!
Last, but certainly not the least, came the desserts. A selection of Mini Churro’s and Chocolate Sauce, Dulce De Leche, and Chocolate Custard swarmed the table, and again we were thrown for another loop. Chef did it again, and impressed us with yet another course. It’s funny, many people make good Mexican food, but there’s a time when you come across a chef who can make it great, and that’s what you will find at Teqa thanks to Steve Cruz and a wonderful staff!