My brother wanted to have Mexican food since we were down in San Diego, so the FS concierge suggested Casa de Bandini, one of the well-known Mexican restaurants in the area.
We got to Casa around 6:30pm and had to wait for an hour and a half for a table! Mind you, it was a week night!!! The staff were quite friendly and they kept apologizing for our wait. I loved the atmosphere at Casa: the staff wore Mexican costumes and the decor was very festive.
The quintessential complimentary appetizer… tortilla chips with salsa!!! The chips were fresh, warm and crispy and I got full from just eating the chips! And the waiter kept asking if we wanted refills…. yes please!
Quesadilla de Bandini wih chicken (flour tortilla folded, melted cheese, mild green chilies and salsa, cut in wedges and severed with guacamole and sour cream)…. We always thought quesadillas was a main course, but apparently it’s an appetizer. The quesadillas was our favourite dish that night (even my hard-to-please dad liked it).
Grilled chicken and avocado tacos (soft corn tortillas filled with seasoned strips of grilled chicken breast, sliced avocados and served with jalapeno white sauce, Mexican rice and black beans)…. mom ordered this but she preferred the quesadillas.
Burrito de Bandini (large burrito filled with seasoned shredded beef and frijoles, topped with cheese and sour cream, served with Mexican rice)… My brother is so used to eating the non-authentic-Mexican-food at MexiCali, he didn’t like this authentic burrito. He claimed there’s too much beans but burritos are supposed to be stuffed with beans! I quite liked the beef because it reminded me of Chinese beef brisket!
I really enjoyed dinner at Casa de Bandini and I’m munching on tortilla chips as I’m typing this!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Casa de Bandini
1901 Calle Barcelona @ The Forum Shops
Carlsbad, CA 92009, United States