Campeones Cantina & Tequila Bar just opened at the Marriott Ocean Club

Local press members were invited to check out Campeones, the latest incarnation of Champions Sports Bar, now serving a yummy Mexican menu with an impressive collection of Tequila and Mescal varieties on display at the bar.

The place is beautiful —  they spent a lot of time picking just the right wall and floor tiles, mosaics, faux window and doors, other hanging décor elements, in lovely color schemes, making the space look like a small village plaza somewhere in Mexico, the perfect stage for Complex Executive Chef Andres E. Davila, the Marco Polo of spices, cultures and cuisines, to present his own modern interpretations of Mexico’s diverse and exciting culinary arts.

As I said, they spent a lot of time picking just the right flat and stemware, a gurgling water fountain, an old coke dispenser, an antique diesel pump, and a vintage car, right in the middle of the dining area, transformed into a free, unlimited chips and salsa bar.

A dedicated series of wall shelves feature an endless number of hot sauces, with different levels of heat, from around the world.

I stopped at the fresh tortilla maker, a world wonder. The machine spits the flattened and stretched dough discs onto a griddle, they are then flipped by a chef, the moment they bubbles and char.

Breaking news: A fresh tortilla tastes much better than a store packaged one.

We tried the Hibiscus and Classic Margaritas and enjoyed a parade of small dishes, Fish Ceviche, Loaded Nachos, Super Machote, Baja Fish-, Al Pastor- and Beef-Quesa Tacos, chased by la abuelita Caramel Flan.

The sports bar did not die, it just put on a sombrero. General Manager Pedro Vargas, Marriott Ocean Club, promises to keep the TVs on, especially for sport events. The cantina also has a designated area where private parties may be organized, any time during opening hours, 5pm to 11pm.

The cantina enjoyed a soft opening period and is now ready to welcome general audiences, says Stacey Banfield, with a special local offer, dollar to florin drink prices any day from 8pm to 11pm, which sounds very attractive in view  of the imported Tequila expert mixologist, on stand-by at the bar. The drink menu lists a great number of cocktails, wines and beers, including the four Balashi, under Las Favoritas, also available as a bucket!

Mexican food is colorful, zesty and beloved all over the world. It is one of the richest gastronomies, and the menu of Campeones Cantina & Tequila Bar includes many famous favorites, from Tortilla Soup to Lobster and Pork Quesadillas — with charred pineapple, different sizzling fajitas, enchiladas, Veracruzana Style Red Snapper Filet, and Torta Ahogada, a dipping pulled pork sandwich, on my list to have.

The menu also features shredded local Mushroom Tacos, with Lion Mane mushroom birria, which guarantees they are rich in aroma and flavor.

Post event we went browsing in the lobby stores, you will be surprised at the number of lovely shopportunities at that indoor mall.

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January 23, 2023
Rona Coster