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El Burro (Green Point)

El Burro (Green Point)
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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Food
Coffee, Mexican, Steak, Vegan food
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45 per 750ml (1 per 2 people, wine only), R90 for magnum

Critic's review

Sam Linsell

Food

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.

Drinks

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

Service is efficient and friendly from well-trained staff adorned in colourful Mexican dresses.

Ambience

The décor is vibrant and warm. At night the restaurant is cozy, with candle-lit tables.

And…

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.

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User reviews

  • My family loves El Burro. We are a family of meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans and El Burro caters for us all. The service is excellent, friendly and attentive and there’s a definite buzz and vibe.
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  • El Burro never disappoints. All their restaurants have great ambience and friendly service and the food is always really really good. Go to place for a group for good atmosphere or to taqueria for a quick delicious bite. Start with ceviche and the build your own tacos is a great main. Love their fish tacos and esquites. Great value for money.
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  • Excellent!! Amazing food!
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  • We always have such a good time at El Burro - great food and the best frozen margarita's in town!
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  • Buena comida If only the ambience could make me feel like I was in Mexico... :-( But what this spot lacks in ambience they make up where it matters the most, the food. The food is really good and as close to Mexican you'll ever find in Cape Town. From starters to mains and a chocolate fondant to write home about El Burro will make you go back for more. If Mexican is not your thing, take your girls for a margarita jug or 2.
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  • La mejor comida mexicana en Sudáfrica ....... muchas gracias!
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  • Can't get enough - best Mexican (slash all-round, consistent restaurant) in Cape Town! And, great news for the folks in the (Southern) 'burbs - they're opening a branch in Newlands.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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