Last night we celebrated a friend's birthday at Agave Mexican Bar and Grill at Fortitude Valley. It's one of a few Mexican restaurants in Brisbane and I think this one is great for the food and for the price (cheap $$) but the service wasn't great. It was so hard finding the place - we were doing laps and laps around Fortitude Valley but it was worth it when we finally found the place. My partner and I were invited to join in a Mexican birthday celebration.
Atmosphere: This place is huge! High ceilings and concrete walls. Strong bold colours, nice brown floors and warm lighting. Now because we had reservations for a group we were seated down very quickly in the bench seats. The bench seating can be convenient for the restaurant (squash as many people in) but when you are wearing a mini skirt + heels and seated in the middle of the seat it can be quite hard and awkward to get out! I tried 3 times to get out of my seat but failed :P. So I had to get all the people to slide out so I could get out. If you are booking for a group reservation wear pants!
|Menu, dj area and singer|
The highlight of the restaurant is the singing amigos in his outfits (he at least changed 2 times when I was there) and singing familiar Mexican songs. He got the ladies going and I really enjoyed watching. Such different culture. I enjoyed the live music. It can be really noisy that you can't really hear the person next to you but it's okay because this is what I expect from a restaurant like this and especially from latin culture - they know how to party, dance hard and love their music! They love music!
I really recommend to book because this place can be really packed especially on a Friday night. If you don't I think you would be waiting a long time for your seat and probably your food. Or maybe have to divert to the outside seats!
|Benching seating inside|
Service: Okay the service. The service varies a lot between restaurants and it depends on the nights and how busy or quiet it is. I really don't want to give negative feedback but I am just giving my opinion. The service wasn't the best because we were missing 3 orders from what we ordered initially (huge group) and the host that was hosting the celebration had to pay for the orders that were missing! We were informed from another waitress that 'someone else might of ate it' and he really insisted on this excuse! I really thought this wasn't good enough at all! It could be miscommunication between the chefs/cooks and waitresses but wasn't happy that people in our table were still waiting and waiting for the orders while everyone else was enjoying their food.
Food: The food was great! It was so cheap from other Mexican restaurants I have tried and it tasted as nearly as good as 'my latin mother's' cooking! So it must be authentic! I think the food was packed with a lot of meat (so full after eating a chicken enchiladas $18.90) and all the food was plated up really nice and neat and came out quick! (besides the orders that were missing).
Some of my foods my neighours were having for the night.
|I think this is the beef burritos my friend had for 14.90. This is a SNACK not a meal.|
|This is my chicken enchiladas for 18.90|
|My partner had: King Prawn Diablo – grilled king prawns with smoky chipotle sauce and served with mexican rice $23|
|Mocktails - $7. Fresh and sweet!|
Overall: Overall I had a great night out with my Mexican 'family' and Agave made it nice with food and the live music. Though, the service was quick and efficient the missing orders put them down. It was horrible which the host had to end up forking out more money! I really hope this is a one off thing because I really like the place.
Don't think Mexican food is like Oldepaso (from the box). I read a lot of bad reviews about this place and other Mexican places that 'there is no flavour' or 'no punch' or 'kick' because I think these people eat from the box :). Add taco sauce? I don't know why these people that give such bad reviews when they have not yet tasted a REAL MEXICAN's COOKING? I have a lot of times and this what you would expect! Like seriously? It's mild to hot and it depends what you guys order really!
Parking: Hard to find the place and parking it's packed!
Family friend: No.
Atmosphere: 8/10 Noisy, busy and live entertainment.
Food: 8/10 Quick, packed and hot!!!!!!!!!!!!
Price: 9/10 Cheap for the food.
Communication and service: 5/10 'Missing food' and loss of communication. Host had to pay over $50 of more food to cover the missing food. Horrible. Hope this is one off.
Though there were mishaps I would come back and order their other seafood dishes. However, I am really let down, very let down that the host had to fork out so much money to replace the orders
I don't know. Tell me when you go there in a big big group.....if there are missing orders and you had to pay extra to replace them.....
Good food but the service not very good.