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Fat Cactus (Mowbray)

Fat Cactus (Mowbray)
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Cost
R27.50 - R82.50 avg main
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Mexican, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
17.9

Owners description

Cape Town's best Tex-Mex since 1998.
The menu includes the usual:  fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and nachos.  
Platters and jugs of frozen margaritas are great for groups.

User reviews

  • 3rd time disappointed. If you dont know how to make guacamole, google is a good tool. Frozen avo pulp and its avo season. Then you charge R42 for a Jack Black IPA that cost you R18 to buy. Rock Hudson. First you dry out the patty so its completely brown with no flavour or juice left, then you add pale pan fried bacon and blue cheese crumbs, stick it under the salamander and put it on a dry bun. Straight forward disappointing for R93. Guess your operating costs are high so now you make money out of the customers you have as you don't try to serve products that will bring me back. 150g mince about R9, dry bun R3, Bacon R6, Blue cheese crumbs R5, few frozen skinny chips ar R16kg from bidvest and coleslaw - maybe R25 and then you charge R93 to stuff it up! Nice Calamari and the batter it was fried in was really good! Maybe fix your food and prices.
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  • I love Mexican food, but what they're serving barely passes for anything edible. I used to love having drinks with friends at this place but the look of the food and the venue has really let itself go. I'd rather drive the extra 2km to the next Mexican restaurant down the road. Poor service and overpriced food.
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  • This week I went to Fat Cactus Mowbray with a group of friends to get some margarita jugs and Mexican chow. The menu looks new and has a lot of Southern 'soul food' influences (country-fried chicken and waffles anyone) which were tempting, but I ordered the Happy Hog quesadillas with pulled pork, chilli and pineapple salsa. The food took long (like really long) to get to our table, but when it arrived it was absolutely sensational. The pork was tender and the pineapple salsa was just incredible. I would wait again. Any negative preconceptions I had about the Mowbray branch (I usually go to the one in Gardens) are gone and I highly recommend the Happy Hog quesadillas. I will be back.
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  • Never thought I'd say this...but my favourite Mexican place just isn't what it used to be. Lousy service, average chilli poppers, I was disappointed tonight.

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  • Overcooked burgers and overpriced beer. Only works if youve dulled your senses with many margaritas.
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  • The Cactus is one place I can find myself to relax after a good days work and there burgers are the best THE CURE FOR A GOOD HANGOVERthe staff are all down to earth and always smilling.The jugs are always flowing and my friend and I always have a good time when we have been.Good luck and thanks again
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  • Over the past several months Ive been to this restaurant with my wife and our friends several times and each time weve walked away disappointed. The food, which we used to enjoy, has become increasingly bland while the drinks have become increasingly watered down and overpriced. Even worse, the service is remarkably bad. For example, a few weeks ago we asked to sit at a big-top table with no reserved sign. We were told it was occupied by a party of gentlemen who were temporarily sitting at an outside table. We sat at the bar and ordered food from the bartender, with the intention of eating at the bar. The gentlemen from the empty table never returned so again we asked whether we could occupy the empty table. The waitress told us it had been reserved, and that the wait staff were about to call the party who had reserved it. Soon after that, a party of three people was seated at that table. We asked whether this was the party who had reserved it. But it wasnt. We called in the manager and told him the situation. He agreed to remove the three people from that table. We sat down and completed our order. About 10 minutes later, before the food arrived, the manager approached us to say that the party who had reserved the table was actually the 3 people who had been seated there earlier, and that they now wanted to be seated. He told us we had no choice but to vacate the table. We did, but not without letting the wait staff and the manager know about the shoddy treatment wed received.Not once did either the waitress or the manager attempt to apologize to us.Had they simply said, Look, this is a big-top table, and it is free, but we will not sit a 2-person party here, that wouldve been fine. It is certainly the last time we or any of our friends will go to that restaurant.
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Menu

Set menu - Menu - Updated April 2018 Drinks Menu - Updated April 2018

Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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