Regular readers will already know how much I love Mexican food. It’s fair to say that I’m pretty obsessed with grub from south of the border, be it tacos, enchiladas, burritos or whatever. Just wrap it up in a tortilla and I’m one happy hombre.
Of course, I have been to a Chiquito restaurant before, there’s one at ChOaks (that’s Cheshire Oaks, amigo). However I was anxious to try the newer establishment at nearby Broughton Park, if only because – well, it’s nearer.
I got my chance on a lunch time visit with work colleagues. I saddled up my pony and rode over the border home into Wales for some refreshment at the Chiquito cantina. Even though the website says Broughton Park is in Chester (England), which it’s not. Minus points for racism, Chiquito.
As we only had an hour before the banditos would be back on our trail, starters were skipped. Which is a shame, as there were plenty of tantalising items on offer. Likewise, I didn’t opt for an alcoholic beverage with my meal, though I could have chosen from an array of suitable beers.
Instead I had a coke, but the good news was that there were free refills! Just ask your courteous waiting on staff. I like that.
So on to the meal. After some deliberation, I opted for a chimichanga – a dish I love and have enjoyed before at other establishments. Now for those of you who are unschooled in the ways of Mexican food, a chimihcanga is essentially a fried burrito. Still none the wiser? Take a tortilla, add the filling of your choice (in my case pulled pork) and throw in some rice, refried beans and sauce. Roll it up and cook/fry.
The chimichanga was accompanied by fries and the usual suspects – salsa, sour cream and guacamole dips.
This was all very tasty, and I really enjoyed the food. It had a home cooked feel to it, not mass produced and thrown together at all.
The only thing that confused me was the serving style – the food was presented in a little deep frying metal container. This looked very cool, but wasn’t the easiest way to eat. Unless you’re supposed to pick the chimichanga up and eat with your hands – surely not? I must be wrong.
All in all, my experience was very good – with a couple of minor criticisms. Firstly, although the style and decor of Chiquito was really groovy, the music was a bit hit and miss. It seemed like every other song was Enrique Iglesias, mixed alternately with some more authentic Latin sounds. Enrique may be OK for the ladies who lunch crowd, but I expect more genuine Mariachi music.
But then Chiquito is Tex Mex, rather than just Mex. They even have a steak and fish menu, as well as burgers. This may be far too normal for my tastes, but I suppose that it may entice some Brits in – they may even, one day, try something a little more exotic than chips and egg.
I have no real problems with Chiquito – the food and service were both great. I really enjoyed my meal and was impressed by the large amount of choice on the menu. Go give Chiquito a try – but please, try the Mexican food!
Food Quest Test
- Food: large amount to choose from. Great Mexican dishes, with some more traditional choices for anyone with a less adventurous palate.
- Drink: I was on soft drinks, but they have free refills – yes! Tons of alcoholic choices too.
- Service: Very good, friendly staff.
- Cost: Acceptable for a lunch time treat!
Chiquito, Unit 19 Broughton Chopping Park, Broughton CH4 0DE
The Chiquito website is here.