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Latin Spirit at Chiquito's - Milton Keynes
Member Name: Hawkster
Advantages: Good variety of food with friendly service staff
Disadvantages: Service a bit slow in a cold restaurant
I visited Chiquito's for the first time last week for a works leaving party. The restaurant can be described as the Mexican version of TGI Fridays and was definitely a good choice for the occasion. There was a great atmosphere with Latin music playing in the background that just got our feet tapping. The décor is very bright and airy with a lot of reds, oranges and greens. The service staff were very friendly and brought out some nachos for us to much on while we decided what we wanted to order.
FOOD AND DRINK
The menu is quite extensive and includes a great variety of Mexican dishes and drinks. I had the Empanadas to start which proved a popular choice on our table. These are small pastry parcels stuffed full of chilli minced beef and served with a sour cream dip and wedge of lime. The pastry was really soft and almost had a sweet taste which made the Empanadas very moorish.
For main I had the beef Burrito which was served in a soft flour tortilla wrap with Monterey Jack Cheese. The dish was well presented with a tricolour stripe of sauces dressed over the top including a red spicy salsa, white sour cream and green guacamole. The dish came complete with some fragrant rice and refried beans which was interesting combination.
The meal was washed down with an assortment of drinks including some traditional Margaritas and ice cold San Miguel. With Mexico being a nation of meat eaters, there was a limited selection for our vegetarian guests but they still enjoyed their sweet jacket potato skins, vegetable fajitas and basket of nachos. Those driving also were able to enjoy a range of non-alcoholic cocktails with the Playa del Paradise and Summer Sling being the most popular.
The prices are fairly reasonable and like TGI Fridays, the portions are pretty big so you get your money's worth. The average price for a starter is about a fiver while the mains range from £9 for a burger through to about £15 for the steak fajitas. The drink prices were okay with cocktails being £4.45 and £2.95 for the non-alcoholic ones. The bottled beers on average were £3.50 and they they did have some draught lagers available also. Glasses of wine were about £5 for a large glass, so like in most restaurants it works out cheaper to buy the bottle if you plan on having a few. For those wanting the full Mexican experience, a selection of Tequilas were available ranging from about £3 - £5.
MILTON KEYNES RESTAURANT
My only criticism of the Milton Keynes restaurant was that it was very cold inside. When we mentioned this to our waitress she apologised and promised us a round of hot drinks on the house but these never materialised. Although the service was friendly, it was rather slow even through the restaurant was only half full? As it was a leaving party we were not in a hurry but if you visit Chiquito's on the way to the theatre or cinema I would advise building in a bit of time to be on the safe side!
For further information and to view the food and drink menus available please refer to www.chiquito.co.uk.
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Summary: A good night out
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