After spending many a summer in the USA, having a wide choice of fast food outlets at your finger tips, coming back to the UK where it was all burger based was always a bit of a let down. So when Barburrito started popping up around the country I was only more than happy to indulge and see what they had to offer. Being a big fan of Mexican food, I found it a great alternative to your normal fast food outlets such as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC etc.
With an operation that runs similar to fast food sandwich chain Subway, in the fact that you choose your (bread) Taco, Burrito, Salad Bowl or Nachos, then choose what spice off bean you want, then to meat, salsa, and any other extras you may want. You can have them on their own or make it a meal for a little extra, even having the choice of a mexican beer as your drink. Every meal is tailor made to your taste!
It is quick, efficient and more importantly tasty. I haven't had a bad experience yet. In fact our office uses Barburrito that much they have given us our own deal to keep us going back for more!
The setting of the fast food restaurants vary depending on which location you are at, for example the one in Liverpool One has a really nice seating area as does the one in the Trafford Centre, but I have been to some other city centre ones which have a very small seating area and it is more geared towards take-out.
Definitely worth a visit on your next lunch break!
I visited the Trafford Centre location on a Saturday evening at around 9pm. For those who don't know about Barburrito, it is a fast food style joint, where you walk up to a counter and specify whether you would like a burrito, a bowl or soft or crunchy tacos, then you specify your meat (or veg), and then you choose your extras like salsa and cheese. They like to sell themselves as fresh, original and healthy, but in my experience they met criteria for none of the above, and I will explain why.
So, I have three main issues with this place:
1. On the occasion I visited the rice was congealed, cold and unembellished with the promised lime / coriander. The chicken had been sitting in the tin container under the heat lamps for a very long time. This was obvious from the fact it was rough and chewy and almost translucent to look at. It was the very bottom of the container they scraped out into my tortilla and the bits of chicken were burnt, there were even hard balls of what I can only describe as chicken crumbs - that's how unrecognisable it was. The vegetables cost extra, which is a bit of a bummer - usually companies that try to promote their product as healthy would want to encourage consumption of veg, but it'll cost an extra 50p for a tablespoon of peppers and onions here. The salsas are a bit mediocre, there's no corn salsa, the hot salsa isn't very hot and the pico de gallo lacks zest and punch. They scattered a little lettuce on, some cheese and a dribble of sour cream inclusive in the price. It was a 4/10 for me. It tasted like English people trying to cook Mexican food, and not making a very good job of it.
2. Readers of this review may or may not be familiar with Chipotle. Chipotle is an American chain (with I believe one restaurant in London) which serves burritos, burrito bowls and tacos. Having returned from America recently I can only express how surprised I am that some English people copied this business model so exactly. Only, the Americans do it better. Having had many different variants of beautiful luscious burritos several times in Chipotle I can say that Barburrito is a pale imitation. They would do well to hop across the pond and see how it's really done.
3. This is a minor point, but still - the childish humour splattered all over the wall and menus. "Food that MEX the world spin faster". The only thing spinning faster right now is my bowels. That's due to the dodgy rice and overcooked chicken rather than the (not actually very) hot salsa.
In summary, this was a dreadful experience at Barburrito. I've been before and enjoyed it, but on this occasion it just did not cut the mustard. There is an understanding that in the UK, and especially in the north, it is a hard task trying to find good Mexican food. You won't find it here. On a good day you will find a tasty chicken wrap, adapted to the heat level of your choosing. The staff may be a bit more perky too - they had no interest in us, and the portions they doled out were not very big. For the £4-5 this costs per meal with a student discount, that's not altogether a bad deal. Just check the state of the food behind the counter before you place your order!
Is there such thing as a healthy fastfood place these days? Yes i know Subway is great for the healthfreaks out there, but now i have discovered Barburrito mexican grill.
Marie Claire describes Barburrito as award winning, casual and cool. I cannot argue with that.
When you get in there, you will see what looks like subway, with the fresh food in front of you ready to choose.
You have a choice of choosing a Burrito - which basically is a tortilla wrap filled with your choice of meat (or veg), rice, mild or spicy beans, salsa, cheese, and onions and mushrooms.
Tacos - usually 3 tacos filled with your main choice or ingredients (pork, beef, or chicken), salsa, and cheese.
Burrito bowl - a burrito in a bowl.
nachos - tortilla chips covered in cheese sauce, main choice of ingredient, salsa, and sour cream.
They serve soft drinks for approx 1.50, which you can refill however many times you want.
There is also alcohol available ( wine and beer).
Students get 20percent off all the time, which is good for me seeing as i am a student. got to have some perks.
I first had a Barburrito a couple of weeks ago at the newly opened Leeds branch, and paid a repeat visit just yesterday, only this time to the Manchester Piccadilly Gardens restaurant.
Barburrito offers fast food, but not as we know it in this country. There's not a burger to be found in the building!! Your basic options are a burrito, nachos, a taco, or a bowl - with various choices along the way as to the contents and additional ingredients. Both times I have been I have opted for the burritos. You are then taken along the counter (much like you are in a Subway) as you pick your meat/veggie option, your beans (mild or spicy), veg, cheese and so on...
I enjoy the flavours of Mexican food but I am not a fan of the heat, which I am aware may make me a bit of a cop out in some peoples eyes, but luckily Barburrito caters for people like me. Both times I have had a chicken burrito, with mild beans, mild salsa, rice, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce.
For those who think that HOT is just not hot enough, you can always add tabasco sauce onto your meal after you've purchased it, from the condiments stand!
Both branches that I have visited have been clean, simply furnished and with menus that areeasy to understand- even for a novice like me!
Barburrito is good value fast food. It's very filling and the cost of a burrito and a drink is approximately £6.50. They often have offers on- so I'm told, the Leeds store certainly did when I visited there- buy one get one free, which is hard to argue with!
I love Mexican food, although when I visited friends in Califonia on a family holiday a few years ago I thought my love affair had turned sour after being overwhelmed with Mexican choices and not much else.
A few years ago I came across Barburrito in The Trafford Centre, Manchester, and was enticed to try it due to the introductory promotions that they had on offer. Instantly I was hit with memories of trips to Mexican take away places after a day on the beach, and thankfully it was the happy memories that I recalled, (rather than the 'do I really want wraps,chicken,salsa,beans,salad...salsa with chicken rice & beans in a taco...nachos,chicken,salad,beans,rice, all over again' memories! Mexican really can get a bit repetitive).
Friendly staff greeted me from behind the counter of what I can only describe as a Mexican Subway, to those who have never experienced Mexican (or Mexican inspired Californian) street food. The simple choices are displayed on large print boards behind the staff, and it goes...
- Burrito (flour wrap), Tacos, Nachos, Burrito bowl (all the ingredients in a bowl rather than the uber filling wraps/chips)
- Meat (char grilled chicken, shredded beef, steak, pork or vegetarian.
- Extras, peppers, mushrooms, onions (+50p)
- Beans, hot or mild
- Salsa, mild, medium, hot, extra hot.
- Soured cream, lettuce, cheese.
- Guacamole ( +50p)
You can chose from the options and see your tasty meal being prepared in front of you.
The drinks options are refillable coke etc, as well as beers (Corona), wine and a few still drinks including the very addictive This Water.
Portions of tortilla chips are also available, with a choice of dips, I tend to share a portion of the chips and splash the complimentary Tabasco sauce all over them at the table!
You then take your food to any table and tuck in. Bottles of Tabasco (original, smoked or my favourite Green Jalepeno) are dotted around the tables for you to enjoy!
Meals at Barburrito cost around £6 with a drink and is a much healthier (and more filling) option than the other fast food options available so is my first choice overtime. Well...every time I am in Manchester and Liverpool, Barburrito really do need to branch out and spread their Mexican love.
As a student I qualify for 20% off which makes the food even tastier! If you register on their website you will be emailed all their latest offers which are usually really good. I was in the Liverpool Barburrito this week and they are currently running a special offer for an Ultimate Burrito (2x meat plus veg & guacamole) for £6!
On a trip to Manchester at the weekend a friend of mine recommended that we go to Barburrito for lunch as he's been there before and loved it!
There are only 3 stores open at the moment and I think they are opening one where I live in Leeds. I so hope that they do!
The store has a counter like subway where all the food is made fresh infront of you. You simply choose which main you want, burrito, Burrito bowl, Nachos or Tacos, then you choose your meat, chicken, steak, pork, vegitarian etc. Then you go along the counter where they cram it with rice, bean and salsa goodness! I had a shredded beef burrito with medium salsa, lime rice and spicy bean.... And it was so so nice!
I will definitley be visiting Barburrito again when I get the chance! It a great healthy alternative to other fast-food store if you like Mexican food! You can really taste the freshness!
If you like big, fat burrito's, or Mexican food in general, you love Barburrito!!! I want one now just thinking about it!
I only discovered Barburrito about 3 months ago, but have been raving about it ever since. There are only 3 of them in the country at the moment, 1 in Manchester, 1 in Liverpool and 1 in the Trafford Centre.
It is the Barburrito in the Trafford Centre which i have visited, and it was so good, we made an excuse to have the hour drive over there again a month or so later.
They have 4 main 'meals' to choose from. A burrito, a burrito bowl, nachos and tacos. Once one of these has been chosen, you walk down what i can only describe as a 'Subway-style food counter' choosing what you want in your meal.
Having only ever ordered the burrito, this is the only thing i know how they make!
First stop... possibly the best stop!... the meat. Choices of Grilled chicken, braised pork, grilled steak, shredded beef, and a vegetarian option. I have only ever gone for the chicken, as it is ridiculously tasty, but next time i'll try something different. Although you can have 2 types of meat for a little extra cost... i think id have to not eat for days before if i had the idea of ordering this!
They then add a generous portion of rice before moving on to the salsa. Mild, medium, hot or extra hot. Each with varying amounts of onion and peppers. The hot is the best of the bunch in my opinion!
Then it gets better. I hope youre still hungry? Good!
Lets add beans, mushrooms, cheese, sour cream, jalapenos. Then they roll it up into a nice handy burrito.
Warning... eat this at a table! However easy it is to carry, by the time you get to the bottom there's salsa everywhere! It'll be all over your shoes and jeans otherwise!
If you visit, please do me a favour and order the side of tortilla chips and cheese sauce. I don't know what it is, but the cheese sauce here is incredible. Getting hungry thinking about it to be honest.
Lots of drinks on offer too. Water, beer, margarita, wine, and the usual fountain soft drinks. These are refillable, so definitely the best choice (and very useful if you overdose on jalapenos!).
At the end of the counter, i show my student discount card and get a nice 10% off my food. Then get my loyalty card stamped.
Get this stamped 8 times and you can get a free meal when you just buy a drink. Cant see it being too long till i fill that one up...!
They cook the food in full view of the restaurant, so you know its fresh. Thinking about it actually has me planning my next visit!
The little menus on the table are good too. Recipes to make your own guacamole and similar.
Definitely good value for money, and definitely my favourite fast food place after only 2 visits.
Barburrito is a fast food outlet selling Mexican influenced food. It is a small chain with only three outlets currently - 2 in Manchester and one in Liverpool. Your burrito is made up to order with your choice of ingredients. Orders are taken at a counter, first you choose a meat - chicken, pork, shredded beef, steak or veggie (mushrooms and onions fried with chilli and garlic), you can add extra mushrooms, guacamole or onions and peppers for 50p extra. There is a choice of mild or spicy beans, then you add salsa - there are 4 strengths from mild to extra hot so you can tailor it to your taste. Lettuce, cheese and sour cream can also be added if you want them. The whole lot is wrapped in a flour tortilla and served in a basket. They are designed to be picked up and eaten but there is cutlery available for those who prefer.
Alternatively you can order a burrito bowl which has the same ingredients as the basic burrito but without the tortilla (cutlery definitely recommended!), tacos (either crispy corn ones or soft flour ones) with meat, salsa, lettuce and sour cream or cheese, or nachos - tortilla chips with cheese sauce, jalapenos, meat, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Tortilla chips are also available as a side order, there are also pots of salsa, guacamole or cheese sauce available.
Prices range from £4.00 - £4.75 which is good value for what is a very filling meal. The food is always to a high standard, my personal favourite is the burrito with shredded beef. The meat is flavoured with herbs and spices (chilli, oregano and garlic for the beef) but this doesn't overwhelm the other flavours from the rice, beans and salad. I usually have medium salsa which is fresh tasting and has a bit of a kick but doesn't set my mouth on fire, it is a great idea to be able to choose your own level of spice. The veg have been fried but retain a certain amount of crunchiness and good flavour. The only disappointing part is the cheese sauce which is quite bland and tasteless.
Bottomless soft drinks are available for £1.25 or there is bottled water or "This Water" - a mix of fruit juice and spring water from Innocent (the smoothie people). A small selection of beer and wine is also available - I haven't tried any of this.
There was no nutritional information available instore or online but a burrito certainly appears to be a healthy alternative to some other fast food options.
Offers are sometimes available - students get 20% off, my local restaurant in Liverpool does a 2 for 1 offer on a Tuesday on production of a cinema ticket from the Odeon next door. For more information checkout www.barburrito.co.uk
Barburrito has won awards for best new restaurant and for healthy and sustainable eating, has been featured in major national newspapers and magazines, I would recommend considering it for those looking for a slightly different fast food option.
Having only stumbled on Barburrito just under a year ago it has now become my all time favourite fast food restaurant. I would compare it to the mexican version of subway in how you order your food.
Firsty you order what it is you want, from the choice of burrito (flour tortilla) burrito bowl (simply a burrito but in a bowl and eaten with a fork rather than rolled up) nachos (tortilla chips covered with chosen ingredients) or tacos (corn tacos filled with chosen ingredients).....
Next you go along a subway type counter choosing what meat (or veg) you want, then they out the lime and coriander rice in, then pick from regular refried beans or the spicy ones, then you have a choice of several salsas, salad, jalepinos, cheese etc. So you can tailor exactly how you have it.
I always have a chicken burrito, regular beans, hot salsa, sour cream and all the salad with extra jalepinos YUM!!! They do offers where you get a side of nachos and a drink for £5, but this is dependent on the restaurant and what other offers they have at that time.
As you can choose your ingredients you can either have it as healthy or unhealthy as you want, but in general it tends to be much better for you than a burger fastfood chain!! I love all the food from here, its perfect for lunch on the go or if you want to sit in and take your time!
You see the meat being cooked and cut in front of you so you can be sure its always fresh which is good to know!
Good news for students too as you can get student discount and they also offer a loyalty card scheme. :)
Even though it can easily come to £5 for a meal it is definately worth the money as I have not once managed to eat it all (much to my friends delight as they get to finish it)and it leaves you satisfied and full for quite a while, unlike certain fast food that leaves you hungry again an hour later.
The bad news is....if you dont live in the north west you will have to drool from afar! So far there are only 3 open, one in Trafford Centre in the food court top floor, one in Manchester City Centre near to Piccadilly Gardens, and one in Liverpool.
Just to support the fact i'm not the only one who loves this place, Barburritos has had numerous glowing reviews, with the guardian listing it as one of the top 50 healthiest fast food places in the UK, winning BBC radio Manchesters best newcomer in Food and Drink awards...the list could go on and on...but go check the website for more