It is obligatory to note that the name, "Anita-Li", is a palindrome for "I Latina", an earlier and closeby mother restaurant from which sprang the naughty young Anita.
Where the decor of Allium is spare and lending itself to appreciation of the highly nuanced food, the hyper-kitsch decor at Anita-Li sets the tone for a meal of over-the-top drinks and an unrestrained hand with the seasoning.
|Anita-Li Dining Room and bar|
|Blackboard menu specials continue the informal tone|
|Fun food awaits you at Anita's|
We had first seated ourselves in the semi outdoors dining area (reserved for smokers) but moved inside due to the low level of buzz but greater warmth outdoors. The outside dining area lacks the kitsch decor of the inside one, and after all, that is part of the appeal of the restaurant.
We started off with a Chilcanita Peruana coctel, and exotic blend of spirits and fruits. It was quite good.
|Soft shelled crab tacos|
|Lupe Reyes Coctel|
|Camarones Asados Thai. That's chipotle aioli squiggled on top.|
We decided not to try our luck with dessert. Besides, we were full.
In conclusion, it was an interesting meal in a fun room, with American Rock classics blaring on the sound system, but the food was poorly done, with the exception of the Soft Shelled Crab Tacos and the grilled shrimp by themselves. The cocktails were excellent, especially the Lupe Reyes.
Service: 7 Attentive, a little pushy, but not obnoxiously so. English is spoken.
Ambience: Garage sale in Asia
Cost: $$$$ La Cuenta, por favor.
Rest rooms: the men's was clean and cute, with a small garden view.
Av. Inglaterra 3100, Vallarta Poniente, 44110 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Tel: +52 33 3647 4742
Opens at 1:30 p.m.