Chiquito

Last month saw the opening of Shrewsbury's own branch of Chiquito, an established Tex-Mex restaurant chain, on the new retail site near Tesco in Battlefield.

When we arrived the restaurant was already bustling with life, a vibrant, eclectic atmosphere that suited the feel of the venue, without seeming crowded or noisy. The decor was well thought out and gave the restaurant an authentic American/Mexican feel. There was a live band playing that made the whole experience seem more natural and relaxed than it may have if they’d gone for your standard pre-recorded playlists. We were seated instantly and left to peruse the comprehensive selection of food on their menu. There was plenty of variety, including a more expansive range of meat-free options than are usually offered, which I’m sure vegetarians will appreciate.

After much deliberation I settled on the halloumi salad starter, and my partner had a BBQ pulled pork taquito. Presented beautifully and tasting delicious, we were not disappointed. With a selection of available cocktails that complemented the meals perfectly, I took the opportunity to try their Wildberry Caipiroska; a mix of vodka, black raspberry liqueur and fresh berries that was both piquant and refreshing.

With little delay after our starters were gone, our main courses were upon us; a grilled halloumi burger for the lady, and a Tex-Mex southern fried chicken breast topped with BBQ pulled pork and melted cheese for myself. In a welcome change from the norm, the chefs work with fresh and flavour filled ingredients rather than relying on a mask of sauces and salt, dressing the dishes with complementary sides that results in balanced and enjoyable meal.

Waistbands stretching, but not wanting to leave without sampling at least one of each course, we were enticed by the gloriously fattening sweets menu, which boasted a selection that ranged from classic churros to decadent cheesecakes. My eye was caught by the “Mexican Mess”, touted as “their take on Eton Mess”; a decadent mix of churros, brownie bites, chocolate fudge sauce, strawberries, raspberry ripple ice cream, and red berry yoghurt smothered in masses of whipped cream.

We were both impressed with the whole evening, Chiquito have got the atmosphere, the service and the food spot on. With a price-point that balances quality with affordability, I’d recommend it to any fan of Tex-Mex and will certainly be going again myself.

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Neil Neil
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