El Burro is all about creating a relaxed Mexican dining experience, so don't expect Tex-mex American style food here topped with loads of cheese and oil. The food is delicately spiced, fresh and flavourful. For starters, try the rellenos (they aren’t called chili poppers at El Burro), the stuffed jalapeño peppers. There's also ceviche, which is a lime-cured white fish dressed with herbs and aromatics. My favourite pick for starters is the Esquites which is a bowl of sweetcorn dressed with Parmesan cheese, lime juice, coriander and butter, it’s moreish.
For mains, choose from a selection of tacos (all soft shelled) filled with either pulled pork, lamb, or vegetables. My go-to choice for tacos are the line fish tacos, filled with large pieces of thinly battered fried fish cooked to a tender flake, served with accompaniments of guacamole, tomato salsa and pickled onions, such a delicious combo. All tacos are served with a choice of either corn or flour tortillas. There is also a choice of quesadillas as well as chicken mole and baked enchiladas.
There are only three items on the dessert menu, classic cinnamon sugar dusted churros served with a chocolate sauce, dark chocolate fondant and flavored ice popsicles.
The cocktail menu mostly consists of a selection of margaritas in all manner of flavour combinations. The hibiscus margarita is a dark burgundy colour and has a subtle tea flavour. If you prefer a fruitier margarita, try the berry and mint which is sweet and slightly tart. For margarita purists, there's the classic house margarita served either shaken or frozen and can also be ordered in a jug to share for the table.
The drinks menu also has a selection of red and white wines, most sold by the glass as well as the bottle.
The staff is efficient and helpful, especially when navigating the margarita menu; they are able to recommend the perfect margarita for you based on what your taste preference is. They are all dressed in traditional Mexican dress, which adds to the ambiance of the restaurant.
The restaurant is decorated with Mexican trinkets dotted all over the walls. Over the speakers blasts mariachi music, which gives the restaurant a festive mood. El Burro has a selection of their sauces available for sale at the restaurant.
Authentic Mexican feasts in a magical setting.
The classic El burro ceviche is a perennial favourite and made with whatever sustainable white fish they can source. Spiked with lime, coriander, ginger and chilli, this popular dish is served with crunchy corn chips for scooping. Or opt for the citrus ceviche – made with grapefruit instead of lime – or the vegetarian oyster mushroom cerviche. All are the perfect way to start your meal.
The build-your-own tacos are highly recommended and are offered with either corn or flour tortillas. Fillings like fried fish, Chilorio pork (twice-cooked pork shoulder in a garlic-and-chilli paste with oreganum and paprika) and grilled chicken are served with a tray of traditional Mexican accompaniments of sour cream, lightly pickled red onions and guacamole.
Chicken mole poblano – a national dish of Mexico – is on the menu too. Deboned chicken is roasted in tomato and dark couverture chocolate with roasted almonds and toasted spices. Served with green rice, refried beans, pickled red onions and sesame, this is as authentic as it gets.
Vegetarians are well catered for, with exotic mushroom and white bean quesadillas and the broccoli and falafel tacos, which are vegan too.
For dessert, the fried churros with chocolate sauce is an absolute must.
This is the place to drink tequila – they have a wide range of specially imported brands. The same goes for their tequila-based cocktails, which pair perfectly with the food. Beer is the other obvious pairing and they have a well-curated list of craft beers. The wine list is excellent, with a good selection offered by the glass.
Service is efficient and friendly from well-trained staff adorned in colourful Mexican dresses.
The décor is vibrant and warm. At night the restaurant is cozy, with candle-lit tables.
In summer, the balcony is highly sought after so be sure to request this when you make your booking – which is essential on weekends and advisable at all other times.