Thursday, 16 August 2012

Restaurant review - Chimichanga Cardiff

Over the last couple of months I've eaten out quite a lot, it's something Matt and I both really enjoy. Because of this I'm starting to discover that some places are fields ahead with regard to food and service, but it's mainly service that makes or breaks a dining experience for me.

On Tuesday evening Matt and I ventured into Cardiff city centre, Matt had a hankering for Mexican food and I'm never one to turn down a chance to eat Mexican. Seriously, I love the stuff. We headed to Chimichanga which is in St David's shopping centre, it's part of the food court there which isn't particularly great but you don't notice if you're sitting inside the restaurant. 

On arrival we were greeted promptly and given a choice of sitting inside the main restaurant or outside, as I don't like being watched by passers by we chose to sit inside. After being seated we were quickly asked if we would like drinks as well as any nachos and dip. Having eaten at Chimichanga in the past we had developed a tradition of always having their nachos and pico de gallo (priced at £3.75). This time we added cheese to the nachos for an added £1.00, something Matt is insisting we do from now on. The nachos were warm and crispy, the only quibble I have with the dish is that the pico de gallo isn't spicy enough and and could do with more coriander, but that's purely personal preference.  

For our mains we ordered Mexican chicken chimichanga (£10.95) and chunky beef chilli con carne enchilada (£11.50). Our mains came quickly and were served piping hot, the presentation was pretty good too considering how hard it must be to present Mexican food nicely.

Mexican Chicken Chimichanga - great presentation!

This was the first time I'd had the chimichanga and I don't regret it, it was great. The chicken inside was all white meat and the chef certainly didn't skimp on it, it was spiced perfectly and served on a bed of Mexican rice and black beans. It was probably one of the best things I've eaten at Chimichanga and I'd definitely have it again. 

Matt's Enchilada. 
Matt opted for the beef enchilada, which must have been good as he wolfed it down and when I asked if it was good he just about managed to mumble and nod at me. As an American Matt knows his Mexican food and out of any of the Tex Mex/Mexican/Latin inspired places in Cardiff Chimichanga is his favourite place to eat. 

Prices at Chimichanga are reasonable, with mains starting from £5.95 for a salad (plain ceasar) to £14.50 for a mixed fajita. Our bill came to £33.95 for one starter, two mains and three soft drinks which is not too shabby at all. 

All in all I'd say we had a good experience and we'll definitely be going back.

9 Bridge Street
Cardiff
CF10 2EF

02920 340220

Chimichanga takes walk ups, phone bookings and online bookings. 
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2 comments

  1. Enjoyed your blog, found it via Google. Have just visited Chimichanga Milton Keynes and had a pretty poor experience by contrast.

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  2. visited saturday evening 29 oct 2016 at 7,45 pm chimichanga st davids shopping centre cardiffmain server wearing blue top and black pants very poor service served us as if she was doing us a favour, took too long to take orders. was very unfriendly and made us feel very uncomfortable. complained to chimichanga through resolver site chimichanga never got back. very disappointed also food was rubbish fell ill after eating possible food poisoning worst place in terms of staff and food in cardiff dont ever go here

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