Dubrovnik Day 2: Dinner at Mex Cantina Bona Fide

The front of Mex Cantina Bona Fide's menu. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com
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This is the third in a series of posts exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia, in October 2015. You can follow the series in full here.

I’d mentioned it on Twitter last week but any night you go out for dinner and end up finishing your meal doing shots of Tequila at the table with the waiter has to be a good night.

It turned out, after starting the day with lunch at Dubravka, it was another good night of food indeed, albeit somewhat different.

A mojito and a pint of Lasko to get drinks started at the table. Tequila would follow later. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

A mojito and a pint of Lasko to get drinks started at the table. Tequila would follow later. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Billed as the best Mexican restaurant in Dubrovnik, I traced a path back to Mex Cantina Bona Fide on Monday night having earmarked it as a possible dinner spot earlier that morning. Tortillas, burritos, nachos, enchiladas and more are all on offer along with more friendly and helpful service, cheery staff and a fine mojito.

The Burrito Con Carne, no sign of rice, but it's a tasty treat. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The Burrito Con Carne, no sign of rice, but it’s a tasty treat. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

I opted for the Burrito Con Carne which – maybe it’s a fault of my own – didn’t come with rice. I’d imagined tucking into some kind of spicy Boojum-inspired burrito but it wasn’t the case. I’ll still give the top burrito award to Dublin’s finest, but presentation (above) aside, this was spicy, tasty, full of meat, good crisp veg and ticked all the boxes.

For the blurry nature of it, the vegetarian enchiladas Herself had aren’t included in shot but were just as good, topped with maybe four types of cheese and served up baked in a clay dish.

We sat outside at Mex Cantina Bona Fide on Monday night, temperatures still around 18/19 degrees for mid October. Photo:Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

We sat outside at Mex Cantina Bona Fide on Monday night, temperatures still around 18/19 degrees for mid October. Photo:Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Joking that you couldn’t come to a Mexican bar/restaurant and not have tequila, the waiter reappeared with the requested bill for the night, brining with him three tequilas – one for himself and one each for us. Down the hatch, out the gap, €40-odd lighter.

Dinner at Bona Fide Mex Cantina came to a shade over €43. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Dinner at Bona Fide Mex Cantina came to a 331kn or shade over €43, again, the mains coming in around the €12.50 mark each. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

All told, pretty good value, and much like Dubravka, when the tequilas were washed down we were given a flyer signed by the waiter to come back in any time over the stay to avail of free “welcome drinks” plus another 10% off the bill for the return custom.

While not every eatery does it, they also off a “happy hour” for a few hours late afternoon which knocks 20% off food and drink. While we didn’t go back again in the week, it’s a definite encouragement to do so, likewise with the food. Not the best Mexican meal I’ve ever had, but definitely worth the visit.

This is the third in a series of posts exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia, in October 2015. You can follow the series in full here.

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.