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El Burro (Newlands)

El Burro (Newlands)
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Mexican
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
For Mexican flavor with authenticity El burro is always the best bet to satisfy the craving. The Newlands branch delivers the same top quality as original Green point outlet in a suburban setting.

The smoked jalapenos, stuffed with queso fresco is a spicy way to kick your experience off. Unlike the popular breaded versions these showcase the flavour of this beloved chill. The classic El burro ceviche is also a favourite and made with sustainable sourced white fish. Think lime, coriander, ginger and chilli, this popular dish is served with crunchy corn chips for scooping. For a twist opt for the citrus ceviche – made with grapefruit instead of lime. For a unique vegetarian option try the oyster mushroom cerviche.
The build-your-own tacos are a great inteactive dining expereince and are offered with either corn or flour tortillas. Fillings like fried fish, fallafel, steak and chilorio pork (twice-cooked pork shoulder in a garlic-and-chilli paste with oreganum are served with a aray of traditional Mexican accompaniments of sour cream, lightly pickled red onions and guacamole.
Pork carnitas are on the menu too. Slow roasted pulled pork in a serano chili sauce twice cooked and served with corn totillas pay homage to this traditional dish.
Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for with a dedicated menu, the broccoli and soy mayo taco sounds really interesting .

For summer time a frozen Las paletas pop is the perfect ending or the traditional churros and chocolate sauce.

Drinks
Tequila is the order of the day here with an endless list of sipping options, no salt and lemon required. The house jug margarita is a must for your table and is the perfect pairing to all their dished. Beer, wine and spirits are also available.

Service
Staff are well versed on the menu and walk you through the detail of the dishes and how to best enjoy them. Pleasant, friendly with just the right amount of colour and spice to enhance your experience.

Ambience
A colourful, modern, light-filled space that rings true to the brand’s well-known Mexican-theme, but in its own, unique way.

Best for...
Sharing jugs of margaritas with good friends over some authentic Mexican.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • I popped in, alone & early, for a very quick bite to eat en route somewhere else. I was greeted very warmly (always makes me happy!) & seated at a nice table. Was delighted I could order an alcohol-free beer! Yay for restaurants that cater for designated drivers or people not drinking alcohol. I ordered 3 little “tapas” plates - all were tasty & delicious & I was looked after with kindness and warmth ... sadly not always the case when dining alone.
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  • Every time I go to El Burro, I intend to order something different, but I fail – every time! The chilorio pork build-your-own-taco is too good – and if you play your cards right, you can even have enough for lunch the following day. Also love the chilli poppers – so cheesy and good!

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  • I had dinner at El Burro last year November 2016 when in Cape Town. Food was very interesting and enjoyable, atmosphere interesting, service seemed lacking on that day. I only just registered to do reviews - so cannot remember more detail. However, I would go back when in Cape Town.
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  • How disappointing. Calamari was plain, chicken tacos unexceptionable, and the vegan cauliflower far too salty in a floury tortilla. Margherita was watery, bitter and small. (R52). Visted the Greenpoint restaurant a year ago and was similarly unimpressed. Service was great.
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  • I have now been to El Burro in Newlands 3 times since they opened, and had a great experience each time. We usually share a few starters - the chilli poppers (grilled not fried) and esquites (delicious corn side dish) are favourites. The devastation of the pork belly taco being taken off the menu was alleviated by the the pork carnitas - 3 pulled pork soft tacos served with 3 different salsas, which gives a nice variation (although that pork belly is back as a special). The place is usually heaving, which can make it very noisy, so if you're any more than a table of 6 you won't be able to hear. Request a booth next to the window for a bigger table (in the restaurant bit, not the bar bit). Service is good, but can be a wee bit slow due to the busy-ness, but there is generally someone to hail should you need something.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
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  • Lunch
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