Burritos at Ahora
Horchata at Ahora
Nachos at Ahora
Burritos at Ahora
Enchiladas at Ahora
Foods from Ahora

2007 Jul 19
Went here once and enjoyed it. I did find it a bit pricey and the decor is reminiscent of the McDonalds play area :P But the food is great and the salsa bar is a neat idea (try the verde!)... I only wish they didn't cram it in a clumsy corner!

I had an assortment of enchiladas and tacos, all quite tasty. The fried beans are fantastic and for once, the rice doesn't taste like it came out of a Dainty box, the flavor was sharp and earthy.

We've been meaning to go back but we live right next to Pancho Villa... tough luck!

2007 May 24
I ate here for the first time last Friday with my boyfriend and a friend. None of us had been before and we were all delighted by the experience. Ahora has a sort of fun, informal feeling to it - a very warm atmosphere.

We has the anafres (beans in a traditional clay pot) with tortilla chips to start. Entrees included the burrito grande (chicken and steak) with salad as well as the taco y quesadilla meal. Everything was excellent and you could honest taste the freshness in all of the dishes. I would absolutely recommend the burrito grande as it is filling as well as flavorful.

The salsa bar was really fun as well. Being fans of hotter fare we enjoyed the spice of their hotter salsas....in vast quantities!

The only thing I didn't love was the Michelada...beer with tobasco and lime juice in a salt rimmed glass. It's not that it wasn't good - I think I just prefer beer untampered with.

Overall: reasonably priced, fun and delicious.

2007 May 20
This was supposed to be a review of Coco's....but I have stopped there twice this weekend and not managed to get any food.

I don't know that I have anything new to say about Ahora. I eat there often, have always had good service and good food. My sis and I dropped by Friday after stiking out at Coco's.

Sangria went down nicely,but at $31.00 a litre I really have to start making it at home. The meals were excellent....my one and only criticism is that it would be nice to have a some specials or a couple more options on the menu....I don't eat beef so I always end up having chicken or a vegetarian dish when I come. But for such a small and busy place it's probably best not to mess with what works.

Ahora is still a favourite, and becomes the favorite restaurant of everyone I've brought there.

2007 May 18
Well I just had my first meal at Ahora and the food, atmosphere and service was truly awesome. I tried the vegetarian burrito with rice on the side. I know it's alot of starch but I absolutely love rice and the texture and seasonings were very pleasant. And the vegetables in the burrito were very very fresh. Even selecting a drink was a challenge - so much to pick from! So I tried a horchata since I was intrigued by Fresh Foodie's photo and description below and I was not disappointed. One of my dining companions let me try her pina colada so I already have my beverage picked out for my next visit. I look forward to many more visits at Ahora.

2007 May 12
We stopped in for supper on Thursday May 10th, 2007 with a friend visiting from Oaxaca, Mexico. It had been two years since we last visited Ahora. We were very disappointed with our meals, two Plato Rancheros (chicken) and one Chicken Enchiladas. The meat was all dark and tough. The Plato Rancheros were especially bad, the meat tasted of too much vinegar or lime. The tomatoes on our plate had hard white flesh. We did not make a fuss in front of our guest. We have enjoyed dining there in the past, but will likely not return. The service was pleasant enough, but it's the food that kept us coming back up until now.

2007 Mar 11
Great comfort food! Not in the same league as the other top ranked restaurants on this site because the food is simple and traditional. This place perfectly highlights the difference between foodies and gourmets -- a foodie might savour the enjoyable dishes here while a gourmet would certainly be disappointed.

Flavours are solidly Mexican although nothing has any heat. They do have a self-service condiment bar where you can get some fairly spicy "Fuego" sauce or Jalapeño peppers to get things going.

The atmosphere is friendly and very casual. Décor is lively and colourful. If, like me, you love good food in dingy environments (e.g. many Vietnamese restaurants) you will like this place. People looking for an upscale dining experience will hate it.

2007 Mar 5
Well I went there because of the great reviews on this site and wasn't disappointed in the least. It was late Friday night but the place was still busy but the wait for food wasn't long.

I had a burrito and my girlfriend had tacos. We were both stuffed by the end and with drinks it only came to $25 for the two of us :)

It's nice and central to the market so we were able to just walk down the street and meet up with friends at a bar.

I definitely plan on going back!

2007 Feb 18
My husband loves Mexican food so I surprised him by taking him to Ahora. We loved their enchilada and pina colada. I did not like their dessert but then again after a heavy meal I certainly did not have room for dessert. Most restaurants in down town are owned by a group but I truly felt that by eating at Ahora, I contributed to a small business.

2006 Dec 17
I went there last night. Their burritos were really good, and a good deal too with the side of salad. That vinaigrette that went with the salad was refreshing.

By the time I got to the churros, though, I was full, though I did like that dulce sauce.

Will be going back there again.

2006 Dec 8
Ahora is a gem! I have had a lunch there; I really like the family feel of the place. I had nachos (a real weakness for me...I can never say no) and a burrito w/ steak in it. I jumped into all the fun found in the salsa bar (now that is a killer idea). Seeing this post reminded me of how great that lunch was. Food was great and price was really on point! Thanks...I am looking forward to my next visit.

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2007 May 29
The take-away version came with no salad!

I hadn't realised how much I liked their little salad offering. It's not just limp afterthought iceberg, but actual salad.

There were a few bits of avocado, peppers and tomato in the box, but...

Oh, never mind. I'm looking at their on-line menu now, and noting "Served with two of the following: beans, salad, rice." It came with plenty of rice and beans. I see it's the fault of my food-fetching friend.

Moral of the story: GET THE SALAD. I had not realised until FF's commentary below how critical it is to rounding out this particular plate.

And now I have to give them props for the 'few bits of avocado...'

2007 Mar 11
At kmennie's suggestion, I had the vegetarian enchiladas and was not disappointed. It was satisfying and delicious. The black beans were very heavy but the refreshing salad sort of "lubricated" the whole meal and allowed me to eat the entire mess of heavy food without regret.

Anyone who thinks that a meal without meat is unsatisfying should try this dish (with the bean option). ;-)

2006 Oct 31
The 'enchiladas vegetariana' satisfy my cravings for cheese enchiladas, without being nearly so fat-laden and boring as the usual kind. Recommended without reservation.


2011 Jun 27
Burrito De Pollo.
Their Chicken burrito was pretty tasty, different from those I had in the past: the tortilla was thicker and there were less ingredients inside. All the dishes on the menu are very afordable which is appreciable.

2009 Jul 9
I just attended Ahora for the first time with the GF and it matched my expectations. We both got Burritos in different forms, as well as the corn chips and Guacamole. We only sampled the rice and the beans and a few of the sauces seeing as the Lady happens to be quite allergic to sweet peppers (red, green, yellow) which are only actually found in the salad or as a garnish.

It was astounding. It felt filling and healthy, like the very definition of quality mexican food. My only complaint was that there was so little space for a resto which is so wonderful. I will certainly be back to try the Enchilada, but I heartily reccomend the burrito's.

2007 May 29
After so much 'enchiladas vegetariana' abuse I finally branched out and got a take-away vegetarian burrito. The 'ranchero vegitariano.'

And, yum.

One thing stands out: Ahora is a great value. It's an awful lot of high-quality food for relatively little cash. Size-wise, it reminded me of something called a "Macho Burrito" from the US "Del Taco" chain, which was -- when I was there -- advertised with the not terribly appealing slogan "Over 1 pound of ingredients!" Really, a piggish size. But exactly the sort of thing I like to pig out on.

The hot-tish green salsa, all cilantro-y, is just the thing to douse it with.

2007 Mar 11
This is the burrito platter. I didn't eat it so I can only share what I saw.

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2007 May 22
I went to Ahora last night for the second time. I had the tres tacos (I was hungry!) - all vegetarian.
They were filled with black beans and veggies to which I added salsa from the condiment bar. With chips as one of my side orders, I got to try all of the salsas that were being offered. Yum! I also had the salad. I'm not sure what is in their vinegrette, but I thought it was great.

The woman who took my order was very helpful about which dishes contained dairy products.

We even got a bit of a dance show as they were closing up. :)


2007 Mar 11
Always keen to try something new, I opted for this beverage with my meal. It was quite good, consisting of milk, sugar, cinnamon, and a kind of milled rice whisked in a blender.

I had to chuckle when I watched the server tear open two paper packets of sugar and dump them into the blender. It's almost like camping! ;-)



2012 Oct 29
I completly agree with all the comments, the churros at Ahora are chewy...and in my experience, they shouldn't be like that! (and I am Latin).

If you are looking for crisply, freshly made churros (and you can order online) try www.mrchurritos.com , you won't regret.

2012 Jan 30
Churros should ALWAYS be crispy. Bringing them in from a bakery in Mtl is unacceptable to any self-respecting Latin churro-eater!

I thought that they were the only vendor in Ottawa to sell them - even then I refused to order them after my first try. However, you can find freshly made, properly crispy churros at Delice Royal Bakery in Orleans :D.

2011 Jan 25
I have had the churros from Ahora's on three seperate occasions and find them in general kind of hit-or-miss.

Given the fact that you really can't find churros very many other places in Ottawa (I've never seen them /anywhere/), it is difficult not to give them a good review. I guess I prefer my churros crispier on the outside, and generally find that Ahoras come off as a little soggy - delicious, but soggy.

Drenching them in chocolate sauce and dulce de leche doesn't really help the texture, but I have to admit that the flavour is heavenly.

2007 Oct 17
These are good and the only place I've been able to find (save Cinnabon) that has Churros. they're simple and come in two flavours. Dulce de leche wins over chocolate for me. They do come from an outside bakery in MTL, so that's a bit of a downer.
kinda pricey: 2/$3.95



2011 Jan 18
Every time I visit Ahora, I always order a Pina Colada - they are that good.

The cream of coconut ratio to everything else is so perfect and is so fresh that I always imagine that I am drinking it right out of a halved coconut. Very fresh, creamy coconutty-milk flavour with the brightness of fresh pineapple to balance it off.

The ice is ground but not to a complete watery slush, and there are still some pretty big chunks in there, which I like. The rum content is good, but not overpowering in any way. I often forget that it is actually an alcoholic drink until the room starts spinning. ;)

They have the perfect amount of rum, in my opinion, and it is the ideal drink to go alongside a delicious plate of fresh tacos and salad or a giant enchilada!

And yes, it is always garnished with a maraschino cherry. :)

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2007 Mar 11
Finally, an Ottawa restaurant that understands that salsa has no place in nachos! You won't find the pathetically soggy salsa-laden chips in this dish like you do in most places here.

Sadly, the chips aren't the greatest (thick and greasy) and I like to have black olives and jalapeños cooked with my nachos. Cheese is generous and the nachos are perfectly baked.

This was the Large ($6 or so)