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Fuego

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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Food from the Americas, International, Mexican, Spanish
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food

The short menu is Latin American in a broad sense. Ceviche from Peru, Mexican pico de gallo and Argentine chimichurri all make an appearance, but the result is, by and large, perfectly delicious. Tacos are small, so it’s a good idea to get things going with a couple of starters.

We kick off with a serviceable ceviche made with white fish, lime, red onions, peppers, avo and small pieces of pineapple, but it’s the ‘straight-up guacamole’ that follows that has us squabbling over the home-fried nacho chips and the last scrapings of creamy guac. There are also some interesting-sounding salads (watermelon, kale, mint and pumpkins seeds; and fennel, rocket, orange and olives), but we’ve got tacos to eat.

The tacos are made on site with corn (so they’re gluten-free, if that’s a concern) and remind me of some glorious tacos I ate in New York at a little Mexican spot that made somebody’s best NY taco list at the time. The pollo comes with grilled chicken, pico de gallo and radishes – and is tasty, and happily also free-range. I do find myself wishing I’d saved some guac to smear onto them, though. I make do with the house sauce instead for some added juiciness. The carne taco features steak, a chimichurri sauce and chopped white onions – also good, though the steak is slightly tough.

For pud, we try the taco sundae: a soft corn taco with a ball of ice cream inside, drizzled with sweet sauces. It’s alright, but I’m not convinced. The winner, however, and the dish that succeeds in breaking my January resolutions in one fell swoop, is the glorious churros. They’re beautifully crisp and golden on the outside, and as we bite into them, a well of chocolate sauce bursts inside. I am thoroughly absorbed and unable to speak for the five minutes it takes us to polish off the plate and lick my fingers, and face, clean. (You can also get them with the sauce served on the side if you hate mess, fun, and all the other good things in life.)

Drinks

For now, Fuego is waiting on its liquor licence, but promise all sorts of exciting signature cocktails and tequilas when it does arrive. For now, make do with a soft drink from the usual list of suspects or an S.Pellegrino sparkling fruit juice.

Service

Eager and speedy.

Ambience

Copper, white marble and minty green make for a serene, beautiful interior. It’s a small restaurant, and a large wood-panelled bar takes up much of the space, so there’s an intimate feeling, even when it’s busy. Bar seats at the shop-front make a great spot for people-watching on Regent Road.

And…

They do brunch until 2pm, and I’ll be back to try the canela – cinnamon tostada with mascarpone and berry coulis – for sure. (Assuming that it’s unacceptable to eat churros for breakfast, of course.)

(January 2017)

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User reviews

  • What a wonderful spot for a great cosy dinner. The interior( stunning) lends its self beautifully to a fun and casual dinner and creates a wonderful ambience. The lady that served us was great and really friendly and was just to happy to keep bringing us extra ice on this super hot Cape Town evening. We had the Guacamole and homemade nachos which was absolutely amazing and the way all Guacamole should be made, Spicy and fresh with loads of lime juice, delicious!!! The tacos to follow can only make one happy and they are the perfect size to handle ,enjoy and even share. we shared the chicken, pulled pork and beef with chimichurri sauce. All and all a wonderfully delicious evening spent at Fuego.
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  • What a great little place we stumbled upon last night. So nice to to grab great food right here in Sea Point. We just found our new local. The food was fresh and delicious and the service snappy. We loved the tacos and we will be back for their brunch specials.
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  • The food at Fuego is packed with Latin American flavour. Start with the tangy ceviche and guacamole before moving onto mains. Tacos are small but absolutely delicious - the pulled pork one is a must. I will definitely be back!

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  • I've aten at FUEGO on three separate occasion and each time I found something new to LOVE!!! The menu has a variety of flavorful Latin American foods (Not Mexican!) so if your looking for oversized cheap tacos you won't find them there. The prices are pretty good for a place that's situated in Sea Point, and the decor is so beautiful. My first time there I had the Guac for Two with chips, and the Pollo tacos. Which are tapas size, but great for those looking for a light dinner. For my second and third trip to Fuego, I had the empanadas, Pulled Pork taco and the Carne (beef taco). Let me just say it was a heavenly experience! Everything was super fresh and the waiters were very friendly! I can't wait until you guys get your liquor license, I'm sure the mixed drinks will be just as good. Definitely coming back.
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  • The food is really terribly seasoned. It's mexican food but it's bland. And those protions are tiny. The worst part was that the waiter treated myself and my partner (both black) terribly but tipped-toed around the white customers. He rushed us and told us the kitchen was about to close but the waitress then told us it's open for another hour. The white couple ordered at a leisurely pace. This is why it's always empty. Stop being racist and start cooking food that tastes good. Never getting my money again.
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  • I was very impressed when arriving at Fuego. The decor was fresh and clean, however I felt confused, not sure if you are fine dining tapas or just stingy with your food portions. The food is fresh and bursting with flavour, however, the portions are far too small for the amount of money charged. The Guac for 2, should be renamed the kids portion and and I thought Latin Americans understood the concept of spicy, as your spicy guacamole was lacking the spicy component. Actually felt forced to stop at My sugar to get something extra to eat!! You have a daily special black board outside the door, you should have removed it as it give the impression the special was still running. The waiter was friendly, but assumed my mains was the starter , so my poor husband had to watch me eat while he waited for his food. Word of advice to Fuego owners- Capetonians love good food , that is priced reasonably and well portioned. Your prices are geared towards foreigners- not locals. Maybe that's why you are empty.
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