The owners of Tikka Grill, the small Indian restaurant formerly located at 54 7th Seventh Avenue, have changed things up. As of Friday, June 30, the eatery is now called Quintonile and serves traditional Mexican food.
John K. Rivero, one of the eatery’s two owners, hails from Bangladesh, while his business partner, Othon Rojas, comes from Mexico. The two decided to switch the type of cuisine they serve because they want to meet the needs of locals who seem to prefer Mexican food, Rivero said.
Quintonile is an herb or a vegetable commonly used in Mexican dishes that will feature prominently on the menu, said Jennifer Rojas, who was working at the restaurant on Monday afternoon. She added that the restaurant will focus on the food of central Mexico.
Diners can select from options including black bean soup; guacamole & chips; roasted vegetable tostadas; soft chicken, steak, or pork tacos; chicken flautas; steak, shrimp, or veggie fajitas; spaghetti with mole sauce; or steak a la Mexicana (skirt steak with sautéed onion, pepper, cilantro, and tomato served with corn tortillas).
Like Tikka Grill, the prices at Quintonile are reasonable, with the priciest dish (the shrimp fajitas) costing $16.95. The restaurant is currently awaiting its alcohol license.
Right next door at 52 7th Avenue, the former Ramen Yebisu has changed its name to Ramen Zamurai. Chef Sho Kishikawa told BKLYNER that the Japanese eatery is still under the same ownership, but has changed its head chef and its menu.
The restaurant still offers gyoza, pork buns, Karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), fried rice, and a variety of ramen, including a gluten-free option made with potato noodles. Check out the new menu at Ramen Zamurai – Park.
Quintonile, 54 7th Avenue, 718-638-6033
Ramen Zamurai, 52 7th Avenue, 718-398-5500
Both restaurants are located between St. Johns Place & Lincoln Place in Park Slope.