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This Mexican eatery is the second of three Perron outlets in Joburg and shows no signs of losing its popularity.
Your best bet is to decide early on how you’d like to tackle the menu. Either start with a light nibble – the fiery, homemade jalapeño poppers will do, followed by a beetroot and carrot, chipotle chicken, steak or slow-roasted pork burrito for mains. Or pick from one of the 14 small plates, followed by a main meal from ‘The classics’.
For a big bowl of beefy comfort food, try the chilli – a spicy mix of minced beef and beans served with rice, sour cream, grated cheese and salsa; or the bowl of black beans with spicy aubergine, coriander cauliflower rice, pumpkin seeds and fresh avocado. If you’re in a group, order as many small plates as your table or stomach can fit – the restaurant suggests about two to three small plates per person. Called los más pequeños, AKA the little ones, you can choose between hard and soft-shell tacos where applicable. The tastiest of them all is the tender, spicy braised lamb shoulder taco with guacamole, crema, cheddar cheese and fresh salsa, followed closely by the fish taco with lightly battered hake, a crunchy slaw and a squeeze of fresh lime.
For a sweet ending, you have to order the cinnamon- and sugar-coated churros with a choice between chocolate or coconut dulche de crème dipping.
The general rule of thumb is to order according to the theme of the restaurant and Perron’s rule of thumb is order a sangrita – a spicy, tomato-based non-alcoholic drink to sip on in between your sips of tequila, of which they have 26 different kinds. Margarita options include original, jalapeño and coriander or tangerine ginger, which you can order by the glass or jug. For something lighter but still on-brief, sip on some Sol or Corona.
Floor staff could do with a brush up on menu details such as portion size, ingredients and presentation, but warm and friendly service nonetheless.
It’s a Mexican restaurant, so make room for loud music and even louder chit chat. The colourful décor suits the playful mood of Perron. You’re definitely welcome to dine alone or in a twosome, but you’ll generally find festive groups of friends and family sharing a whole lot of food together here.
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