El Burro Taqueria

6 Reviews
Phone Number 0214223554 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 12noon to 11pm

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R120 avg main meal
R120 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
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  • Food

Amy Ebedes

El Burro Taqueria is the baby sister of Green Point institution, El Burro. It’s the second (and smallest) of the three El Burro restaurants in Cape Town.

It sits nestled amongst the food hub on lower Kloof Nek, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Power & The Glory, Junior Burger and Publik Wine Bar, to name but a few.

The taqueria has narrowed down what the El Burro group does well, and put it’s own signature spin on the food.

Start with snacks: they’re designed for sharing and set the tone for the meal. The famed chilli rellenos (R18 each) live up to their reputation. They’re smokey, cheesey and (or ‘but’, depending on your side of the fence) hot! The absence of batter is a welcome departure from the usual deep-fried chilli popper. If you’re a jalapeño fan, these are a must try. You can’t go wrong with the chunky guacamole and nacho chips (R50): the ratio of guacamole to chip is spot on. They’re that simple starter that you’ll inhale mindlessly, and, despite the portion being ample for sharing, you’ll find yourself picking the crumbs out of the basket wishing for more. But hold out, as there’s plenty of goodness still to come.

For mains, the concept is simple: you have quesadillas and tacos to choose from. Each plate comes with one quesadilla or taco. The tortillas are small (you can eat them with one hand), soft and all made from corn flour. It wouldn’t be a trip to the Taqueria if you didn’t order a fish taco: baja-style fish (coated in spices), served with pickled pink onions, smoked jalapeño mayo and avo. The chilorio pork taco is twice cooked and served with chilli and garlic. Again, be warned: when they say ‘hot’, they mean it! The crispy duck taco is another great option, where crispy, sweet duck is balanced with a hot chilli salsa.

The taqueria offers vegan options, including wild mushroom quesadillas and cauliflower and chickpea tacos served with a spicy peanut salsa.

For dessert, the options are simple: Las Paletas ice cream lollies (the flavours change depending on availability) or churros: crunchy Mexican doughnuts served with a chocolate dipping sauce. You will be forgiven for using your finger to clean the chocolate pot.

It goes without saying that EBT offers a number of tequila-based cocktails, from your classic margarita (R42) to Mexican mule (tequila, fresh lime juice and ginger ale, R45), batanga (tequila, fresh lime juice and coke, R45) and more. Their wine list is short and concise: just seven wines available, all available by the glass (ave R35) or the bottle (ave R140).

For the teetotallers, there are two to three aguas frescas available (fresh fruit drinks). The ‘limenade’ is well worth a try!

The service is fast, friendly and efficient. Staff are quick to gauge your vibe: if you’re in it for the evening, they’ll settle back and follow your lead.
Don’t feel that you need to order everything at once: the food comes out fast, so the beauty of EBT is that you can order as the evening progresses.

It’s bright, colourful and quirky. The menu is listed in up on a board above the kitchen which (thankfully) has been redesigned and is easier to read. Grab a booth or sit at bar underneath huge windows and sip your margarita under the watchful eye of Lion’s Head. El Burro gets busy in the evening though: get there early if you don’t want to wait for a table.

Best for…
A fast, furious but delicious meal (you can be in and out in under 30 minutes) or a festive tequila-and-taco fuelled evening with mates. You decide!


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User reviews

6 Reviews
    This is the quintessential neighborhood taqueria- transported straight out of mexico. The decor is cute and fun and I love the way you can build your own meal, one small plate at a time (without breaking the bank). The tacos are all true to their mexican roots, as well as many other plates like ceviche. Fast friendly service. 10/10 recommend
    What I love most about this Taqueria is that you order taco by taco and therefore create your own plate - ranging from Chilorio Pork to Goat & Duck tacos, there's something for those who love a bit of a bite, and those who prefer no chilli. Add some Elotes (that's corn for the uninformed) or chilli rellenos as a starter, and sip on a all-authentic horchata, agua fresca or margarita. Make sure you sit in one of the booths as the small stools get uncomfortable after taco 1. The service is relaxed, waitrons dressed-up in typical attire and the interiors bright and friendly - it's perfect for an early after-work weekday dinner.
    Love this place, so easy going and great character. Everything is delicious from meat to veg to vegan to vegetarian -, not to mention the pinapple and chilli margaritas! Festive and easy going, a total go to for everyone day or night :)
    Stay at home mum, got a rare night out with my girlies and we decided to meet at El Burro. We love mexican. The tables and chairs are incredibly uncomfortable and made for a kiddies play school. When I begged to be moved to a booth because I was in physical pain from sitting - the waitress told me - that they dont want people to actually sit down for an evening - that it was more of an eat on-the-go restaurant!!! On a friday night!!! The food came and it was average and bite size at premium price. If you want a fun mexican vibe - head to fat cactus off kloof
    Small tacos leaving one somewhat hungry. I liked the view. I had to stop over at mc ds to fill myself up. I in my defense ate 4 tacos which left me somewhat hungry when i left

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