We dine at Chiquitos on a semi regular basis so I thought that it was about time that I wrote a review!
We made our pilgrimage on a Saturday night with the aim of having a quick dinner out. For those of you who are familiar with the location, you'll know that this is right next to the cinema; on a Saturday night, there was little to no chance that we would get a table quickly, but lets call it the hunger over-riding common sense.
The wait was about 40 minutes (and usually we wouldn't wait, but we'd made our decision and didn't have the energy to want to go anywhere else). We were given a pager and pointed in the direction of the bar - added the drinks to the bill and found ourselves a table outside in the sun - by the time our table was ready I'd kind of forgotten that I wasn't just there for a drink!
Now, onto the food - it's pegged as a Tex-Mex restaurant, and the menu is varied and quite wide ranging within that category... The Tex seems to mostly be burgers and ribs (with some chicken thrown in) and the Mex has some of the favourites; Burritos, Quesadillas, Fajitas and Enchilladas feature heavily, with a variety of fillings.
I opted for the Peri Chicken fajita. These are served on a brilliant sizzle plate - a hunk of cast iron, heated until it's super hot, and your food is served on that - it's a great presentational piece, and it keeps everything nice and hot... The Fajita is served with sour cream, guac and salsa, with some cheese thrown in. You're expected to build your own - just the way nature intended. The portion is just the right size, and I was left pleasantly full.
The restaurant has recently been re-arranged (rather than renovated) and hats have appeared. Yes, the good old Mexican 10-gallon is representing in the most stereotypical way you can think of!
If you're heading to the cinema, you could do worse than Chiquitos.
I don't know what it is about Chiquitos, when I walk in I like it - it's usually softly lit with the smell of sizzling food whofting by and a youthful buzz about the place.
It's been a long time since I've dined here and it was only because I had a discount offer we decided to try it again, as mentioned above it always starts so well.
We were seated quickly and a drinks order taken. I perused the extensive menu, all the dishes sounded mouth wateringly tempting and the prices make you think "hmmm must be good if they can get away with charging that!"
But then the food arrives and it all starts going horribly wrong, we shared a starter of loaded potato skins, it was about £4.65 and it's basically a jacket potato, cut in half with some cheese and sour cream and a little bit of bacon should you want it.
They taste like they were prepared about a week ago in some Mexican sweatshop, this must be one of the highest mark ups in history for one potato and a sprinkle of cheese, the speed at which it came suggest that they are kept in create next to the 'secret Mexican spices'.
For the mains we had what was supposed to be a succulent breaded chicken breast, cooked in authentic spices. What it looked like was some deep fried brown puck and the palest chips, my Nan would have been ashamed to serve that plate to someone.
We also had BBQ Chicken fajitas and at nearly £14.00 I was expecting something good, apart from the drama which is the dish being brought sizzling to your table... the taste is mediocre. The BBQ sauce is too sweet and really there was only enough chicken for two pieces per (small) wrap.
I like most things in wrap form so I can't say that I didn't enjoy the meal, but had I been paying full price I think that may have made me more disappointed.
Dessert came in the form of what was called a Warm Brownie Stack, this was barely warm and was not stacked, just your bog standard brownie really. The brownie tasted dry and the ice cream was low grade. We also had the Churros which were cooked properly although they no longer serve with a maple syrup option, just chocolate and toffee, which were ok if again over sweet.
I will say that our waitress was very friendly and efficient; she was really easy to chat to and could not be faulted at all.
Due to the location of this Chiquitos, most of the diners are here on their way to the cinema rather than people travelling far and wide for the experience. Chiquitos are aware of this and charge as much as they think they can get away with whilst serving processed unauthentic food.
If you are wanting authentic Mexican food, then do not dine here, the authenticities end with the name of the dish, if you want somewhere with a lively atmosphere, walking distance to the cinema and don't mind paying the premium for the privilege, then it may be suitable option.
Fast, friendly service. The menu is very varied, catering equally for meat lovers as well as veggies. All our food arrived piping hot, well cooked, and extremely tasty. Well worth it, especially with the 20% discount if you are an unlimited pass holder at Cineworld!
This user has arrived from Qype, a European company acquired by Yelp in 2012. We have integrated the two sites to bring you one great local experience.