Saturday, January 17, 2015

Besito | Chestnut Hill

Besito translates to "little kiss" - and at this small chain of authentic Mexican restaurants newest Chestnut Hill location, there is no lack of love. You taste it in the beautifully presented cuisine, you feel it from the eager-to-please waitstaff who greet you in Spanish, and you embrace it all around you in the culture rich atmosphere.
I love Mexican food. I wanted it all - tortilla soup, tableside guacamole, not to mention a number of sensational sounding appetizers. In an effort to reel it in, we decided on the ceviche del dia - featuring fresh shrimp, avocado and mango, served with crispy tortilla and plantain chips. I sipped on a Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita, which nicely balanced the elements of cool and refreshing with a pinch of heat. 

Entrees showcased incredible, wide ranging and well developed flavors. The Filet de Res ($28) has a serious wow factor that is unlike any filet entrĂ©e you've ever come across. Marinated in Negro Modelo, the butterflied steak is cooked a perfect medium, and comes presented on a wide, circular cast iron skillet surrounded by a rich chipoltle sauce, balanced by quernado salsa, queso Chihuahua, queso fresco, nopales (cactus) and sweet plantains.

The Salmon Manchamantales ($23) is roasted and served with plantains in a pineapple pico de gallo. Besito's manchamantales mole is excellent. This earthy, complex sauce is certainly rivaling the mole we ate in Tulum, Mexico not too long ago! Additionally, black beans and rice studded with pepitas come with the entrees, served in little cauldrons for the table to share.

For dessert, the delicious Tres Leches Cake is a must. The dense sponge cake is soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and placed atop a sweet, heavy cream. I sipped a smokey Mezcal while Bob enjoyed a spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate.  
At the end of your meal - you are presented with a parting gifts - crispy Churros and tiny little Mexican Worry Dolls. Traditionally, you tell all your worries to the doll and place it under your pillow before bed. In the morning, you wake up worry free.

Besito is a true testament to the owners deeply rooted passion, stemming from years of travel to Mexico. You can also visit them in Huntington, New York, Roslyn, New York, West Hartford, Connecticut, and in Burlington, Massachusetts at The Burlington Mall.

Mall at Chestnut Hill
199 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Besito Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*this meal was complimentary - all opinions are my own*


  1. I love Mexican food, and this looks like a beautiful night out!

  2. So glad you liked it. I've been to the Burlington one and haven't been to the Chestnut Hill one yet, but am so happy we have a great Mexican option right down the street from us.

  3. I was dying to hear what you would think! We did not have a single menu item overlap! I must get the Mexican hot chocolate next time!

  4. Maybe we'll go here for your birthday celebration! Love the horse photo