Restaurant Review: Ahora Mexican Cuisine (Ottawa, ON)

I’m back in Ottawa for a brief interlude, for what may be my last time ever. Or not. Or not not. Who knows at this point?

My friend Taras and I went to Ahora, a Mexican retaurant in the Byward Market area. I’d heard murmurs of this place before but, to be honest, before Mad About Udon was born I had little interest in scoping out vegan-friendly restaurants. I’m happy to say that Ahora was fantastic! I cannot rave about this place enough; the meals was sooo cheap, the waitstaff were supremely friendly and helpful, and best of all the food was delicious.

I had both the Sopa De Tortilla and a Taco Vegetariano (minus the cheese and sour cream), the total for which was a whopping $9.25.

The food at Ahora isn’t spicy—the proprietors leave it up to you to dress your food selection with an array of salsas and spicy sauces at their salsa bar.


In other food-related news, I tried to make the Fat Free Vegan’s Blueberry-Oat Bars. Unfortunately, I am staying back at O.B.‘s place in Ottawa and I took our blender when I moved to Toronto. So instead of a blueberry bar with a solid homogenous topping of pureed oats and applesauce, mine turned out more like one huge plate of uncooked oats saturated with blueberries. It was still very delicious, though, just not as photogenic as I’d hoped.

Did anyone else try this recipe? If so, post the link in the comments. I’m interested to see how everyone else’s turned out.

-Maureen

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14 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl said,

    Looks like a great meal!!

    I haven’t tried that recipe, but Diann from “Eat’n Veg’n” has:

    http://eatnvegn.blogspot.com/2008/07/mini-fiesta.html

  2. 2

    orangepop said,

    I haven’t tried the blueberry recipe, but I like how it’s “chunky” in yours! Very homemade and rustic :) I love Mexican food because it can fit everyone’s tastes, especially us veg-heads!

  3. 3

    orangepop said,

    Oh, and I must add that the “salsa bar” would have me there in a minute! I LOVE spiciness!

  4. 4

    Natalie said,

    Your blueberry oat bar looks great to me! I’m planning on making them sometime this week.

  5. 5

    Cecilia said,

    Oh yum … that Sopa De Tortilla dish got me drooling like a mad man …. nothing beats WARMM FOOD!!! Hahaha, despite what you said – “one huge plate of uncooked oats saturated with blueberries”, the blueberry bar still looks SO good and appetizing to me, yum~~~

  6. 6

    I’m dying to try that recipe for the blueberry bars! They look so awesomely good!

  7. 7

    Mihl said,

    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog!
    I need to try out the blueberry bars as soon as possible, too!

  8. 8

    Shelby said,

    Yum! Everything looks so good.

    I made the bluberry oat bars a while ago and they turned out great!
    Heres the link:
    http://labellevegan.blogspot.com/2008/07/berries-berries-and-more-berries.html

  9. 9

    shellyfish said,

    Mexican cuisine is my absolute favorite ever!!

  10. 10

    quarrygirl said,

    that mexican food looks insanely tasty. is it just me, or is mexican fare like the hardest genre of food to find veganized? here in LA the restaurants seem to ALWAYS put chicken stock in the weirdest places. ugh! anyway, i am super jealous of your cuisine.

  11. 11

    rach-ums said,

    Mexican food = the bessssst.

    I haven’t tried those oat bars yet, but I want to! They sound so healthy.

  12. 12

    sopa de torilla, total de ja vue… brings me to mexico but no meat!! i love it !!

  13. 13

    Aly said,

    I love that restaurant! Some of their food is quite spicy (as indicated by a hot pepper on the menu), but most is mild which totally rocks!

  14. 14

    Liz² said,

    I haven’t tried the blueberry bars, but I’ve been thinking about it. I actually like how chunky/crumbly yours turned out!


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