April 16, 2015
The English translation of BESITO is KISS, and I was kissed all over during my dining experience at the newly opened Besito Mexican restaurant at Westshore Plaza. I’ve never ever (really) had a dessert at a Mexican restaurant until Besito – and now, I will go and make room for dessert for I could take a bath in their Mexican chocolate pudding.
Even though life is short starting with dessert may be a bit daring – for there are many “must-tries” on the innovative savory Mexican menu. I found the salsa to be one of the best – a combination of chunky and smooth with the perfect amount of heat. The guacamole is delicious and fun to watch being prepared at your table.
The Enchiladas Mixtas (skirt steak, grilled chicken, chorizo, guajillo cream salsa, sweet plantains. Cilantro, and queso fresco), were perfect and I can’t wait to have tonight at midnight, along with the Tamale de Elote (fresh corn tamale, chipotle cream, onion, cilantro, and queso fresco) which I only took one small bite (and loved).
Being a guest at my table means that you must let me try your food (just a taste) – and yes you can try mine as well. So I know first-hand how good the Iron Skillet Tacos are – soft small corn tortillas are served in a little basket so they are kept warm. My friend had adobo marinated grilled chicken, and it all comes in a cast iron skillet with melted queso, pico de gallo, and avocado salsa verde and chile de arbol salsa were perfect drizzles. Everything is served with small pots of seasoned rice, and frijoles negros (black beans).
OK – dessert. Again, believe it or not – I have never had my first dessert at a Mexican restaurant, always have been too full. If I didn’t take half my food home, I would have been too full this time as well. I could take a bath in their Mexican chocolate pudding which is served with an unsweetened heavenly whipped cream…which contrasts perfectly with the sweet pudding.
The flan was delicious – even though I was startled to find that it was topped with raspberry coulis instead of the traditional burnt caramel glaze…but don’t let that stop you. There is a tres leche cake that looks incredible, and fresh berries with a mango cream that I can’t wait to dive into…so my suggestion is to go with five friends – each order a different dessert – and prepare to live in a sugar coma for the rest of the evening.
And if that wasn’t enough they send you home with two cinnamon sugar churros (Mexican fried dough) in a little paper bag. My friend asked me what they were – I said: “you wouldn’t like them.” They were AWESOME.
The servers were friendly, fun, and all the staff couldn’t have been more pleasant and friendly. Please do let me know what you think about BESITO. Better yet, invite me along.BESITO – MEXICAN 205 Westshore Plaza Tampa, Florida 33609 (813) 287-4800 www.BesitoMexican.com