Almost every Mexican restaurant I’ve visited in Mumbai seems to be led by the belief that the authentic version of the cuisine is synonymous with a mix of tomatoes, onions, coriander and lime with minced meat. That’s why I’m wary when I first hear about Coma Coma, a Mexican delivery-only service offering exciting sounding dishes from the land of tequila and mariachi. Coma is derived from the Spanish verb, ‘comer,’ which means ‘to eat’ and the English word which is used more often to describe food-induced periods of lying on the couch with a full stomach than trauma-induced states of unconsciousness. It’s clever wordplay and the wannabe wordsmith in me is impressed (though not as impressed as when I scan their menu). A hardcore carnivore, I ignore all the vegetarian options (trust me, there are plenty) and nearly salivate when I see mentions of Pulled Pork in Habanero sauce. What was it that Pavlov said about conditioning? Notably missing from the menu are Tacos and Quesadillas, a forgivable omission considering that the place hasn’t been around for more than a month.
I call the restaurant in a haze, and all I can see before my eyes are Empanadas, Tortas, Nachos. Within half an hour I’m handed over a bag of food so large, I shouldn’t be trusted with it. During my gleeful unpacking of the boxes, I hear my sister ask, “Is Mexican food like your favourite or something?” Ha. She knows nothing.
My induction into the Coma Coma experience begins with a bite of their Mexigoa Empanadas, which is quickly followed by teary eyes yet happy taste buds. My Goan self is pleasantly surprised to taste what seems like a perfect replication of my grandmother’s vindaloo in the form of pork mince—it’s high on heat and definitely not for the faint of heart. The spice is overwhelming so I break protocol, grab a spoon and take a bite of the dessert. One bite of the Tres Leches, and I’m practically swooning. I wish I had reserved it for after my meal but no regrets. The Milk Cake soaked topped with whipped cream is perfect for a cosy day indulgence and the container is swiftly licked clean.
I’ve also ordered the Carnitas Burrito Bowl, and though my stomach is reaching full capacity, I can’t resist. I’m distinctly aware of the taste of pasilla beans amongst the pulled pork and the complimentary Pico de Gallo and find my resolve to avoid beans slowly crumbling. Carnitas is definitely the highlight of my meal. After all these big flavours, the Milanesa Torta is slightly underwhelming, but not to be entirely dismissed. I end the evening without any regrets despite the knowledge that I definitely over ordered. And the answer to my sister’s question? No, Mexican food isn’t my favourite; it’s everything.
How to Get There:
Where: Pali Hill, Bandra West (Home Delivery Only)
Delivery Details: Coma Coma delivers to Bandra W, Khar W, SantaCruz W. – Minimum Order Rs. 330 | Scootsy Delivers to Mahim, BKC, Vileparle W, Juhu – No Minimum Order
Contact: +91 8767784376
Timings: Mon & Wed – Sun 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM | Tue Closed
Cost: ₹900 for two people