One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, CA is Mondo Taco. They have two new taco creations through July 31, 2014 that are MUST-TRYs. Proceeds of these two onolicious tacos will be donated to Kiva, a program that helps underserved entrepreneurs around the world to grow their businesses and, in turn, help their communities.
8 Arms To Hold You (A throwback for those Beatles fans out there. This was the original name for the “Help” album.) contains braised octopus, Spanish chorizo, lime goat cheese cream, and blackened onions. They had me at “braised octopus”. The octopus is braised to perfection and is so tender. The chorizo adds a meaty and spicy flavor which actually brings out more of the sweetness of the octopus. The lime goat cheese cream is light and refreshing. The blackened onions add a smoky flavor and crisp texture to the taco. Thumbs up, way up!
Deer Kiva contains venison meatloaf, cauliflower mash, balsamic reduction, and daikon radish sprouts. I love venison and it is a nice game meat addition to the menu. The meatloaf has a soft, tender texture with lean meaty flavor, not gamey at all (but I also like when it is gamey too.) The cauliflower mash is creamy and gives you that “meat and potato” combo without the heaviness. The balsamic reduction works well with the venison by adding some sweetness. The daikon radish sprouts add a zingy green flavor to the mix. Thumbs up, way up!
Tacos are $5 each. They will be sold through July 31, 2014 so grab a few and enjoy!
For more information:
2200 Colorado Ave Ste F
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: Every day from 11am to 10pm
Free parking in structure on the east side of building