This popular Mexican restaurant encourages you to eat with your hands, so the tone is set for an elbow-licking meal. Expect a passionate South African take on fiesta flavours, with the addition of items like ‘boerie’ and chakalaka to the menu. The usual fare of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and fajitas will satisfy most tastebuds, with make-your-own or a la carte meat and vegetarian options, but it’s the inclusion of a few snacky dishes that make this a menu worth working through. Have a glass of bottomless soda handy for the three-cheese stuffed pickled jalapenos, coated in crispy corn batter and served with spicy tomato sauce. Make space for the angry onions – thickly sliced crispy Cajun-battered onion rings, served with a chilli-lime aioli.
A basket of gluten-free tortilla chips is another good way to start, but order sides of guacamole, picante cheese dip, or sour cream to accompany the complimentary salsa, as they could do with a bit of a flavour kick. Vegetarian dishes include traditional huevos rancheros (poached eggs served in jalapeno-spiced tomato and onion sauce, with shredded cheese and flour tortillas) and a variety of tofu dishes, including the WTF – ‘Where The Fajitas’ – a sizzling skillet of grilled onions, peppers and tofu, served with tortillas, sour cream, mixed cheese and Mexican rice or beans. The Baja fish tacos may look promising, but the beer-battered hake portions are not deboned and are tricky to eat. Luckily our server obligingly replaced them with the Malibu shrimp tacos with cilantro-lime dressing, which were tasty, but the Cajun grilled flavour could do with more oomph.
A small local beer and wine menu is available, including Naked Mexican and Jack Black craft beers. There’s a cocktail menu and a tequila server who holds 20 shots and comes around to your table to tempt those feeling adventurous.
Staff are energetic and friendly and although this restaurant started off as an order-at-the-counter service, they will now serve you at your table from start to finish.
There’s no shortage of atmosphere, with brightly graffitied walls and décor that transport you to the Mission District of San Francisco.
Leave room for dessert – the cinnamon sugar-coated churros are extremely moreish and the ‘trio licuados’ are sinful – three flavours of milkshake made with either toasted coconut, chocolate brownies and mint or, the clincher, a toasted s’more shake made with marshmallows, crushed tennis biscuits and cinnamon.
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