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Pedro's Mexican Cantina (Norwich)

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      09.01.2011 05:48

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      It hurts to give it one star!!!!

      I must be missing something here> The reviews I've read on this site led me down the winding roads of Norwich to this god forsaken hole!! I took my daughter and her friend out to eat and after a nice day of shopping spent 45 quid on this so called "Mexican" disgusting S^&t !!!

      Do go here if you want:

      1) "Nachos with stale tortilla crisps (or chips as they're called in Texas). Stuck together with microwaved cheese that is of very low grade, and nasty salsa... YUCK!!!! Three of us ate about a quarter of this overpriced rubbish!!!

      2) Watered down Margaritas with a low grade bottom shelf tequila. I had about a quarter of this also then ordered a coke. This coke was the only nice food/drink that I had here.

      3) Ribs that a are so dry that you are unlucky if you get the meat off of the bone. My daughter's friend did and nearly choked on it. She didn't even have another bite after the first and we sent it back through the waitress and asked for a refund!!!

      4) To be charged three pound fifty when you ask for a bit of sour cream for your single taco...

      5) To be up at four in the morning with an upset stomach, writing a review about this sh!t..

      I could go on but I think you get the point. People will continue to pack out this place because England is desperate for some good mexican food.

      You can make better tex-mex from the packaged stuff on the shelves at Tesco. Honestly. I am from Houston, Texas (living in the UK since 1995).
      Please, in hard times like today, save your money. You can make a nice fajita meal with the Old El Paso Fajita kit from tesco for a family of three that is of much better quality. This will cost you about ten quid with all of the sides ( refried beans, soured cream, cheese, salsa).

      But if you fail to heed this warning and are as disgusted as I am. Please come back here and give your review. Remember, that guy from Texas warned you!!!!

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      06.08.2009 14:36
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      Definitely worth a look if you want a fun restaurant for your party

      This review is for Pedro's, a Mexican restaurant in Norwich, and I thought I'd write it after having seen a bad review on this site, although it was from some years ago.

      I visit this restaurant around one a year, and it has been a city for over two decades, situated in the middle of Chapelfield Gardens, which is near to the city centre and the library. It looks slightly out of place in the park, but not in a bad way.

      The restaurant itself is not that big, but on all of the occasions that I've been , it has been very busy. We booked a table for around ten people on my last visit here, and they did well to fit us in, at the time that they said, but they did look quite stressed as some tables couldn't been turned around as quickly as they'd like.

      The venue has been awarded five out of five stars by Norwich City Council, who check on the safety and quality of the food preparation areas, so everything looks good in this regard. The kitchen is partly open plan as well, so you can see what the chefs are getting up to!

      The food is of course Mexican, but be warned as the main courses can be very large, and are really difficult to finish even if you do have a large appetite. Starters are slightly less good value, but if you're not that hungry, would probably nearly suffice for a main meal!

      With regards to the staff, the woman that met us was slightly grumpy, but probably more through stress than not being well suited to the job. The waiter at the table was however very helpful and talkative, and helped to add to the atmosphere of the evening. There are also Mexican style hats which you can wear if you want more atmosphere!

      My favourite main course are the chicken fajitas, which are served in a very generous sized serving. These are around twelve pounds, which is reasonable value. The quality is fairly good, although I've tasted better, so would give four out of five for the quality of the food. The rice that comes with the meal (unless you opt for something else) was vast in its quantity though, and you're unlikely to leave here hungry.

      No-one in our group wanted dessert, as more than enough food had been served. However, there are a range of interesting desserts, including the colossus dessert, which is around a tenner and is designed for around four to six people. This is a vast dessert, and is great for sharing if some of the table want a dessert but others aren't so hungry.

      Overall, an enjoyable night out is pretty much guaranteed here, and lots of people do keep going back. It's especially good for parties, so I wouldn't necessarily advise going here for a romantic meal, or for a quiet meal. Lots of atmosphere, reasonably priced food and a bright and fun environment. Will definitely be back!

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        31.12.2002 21:17

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        • "very ill the next few days..."

        Urgh! - Advantages: Good party atmosphere - Disadvantages: I can't prove I got food, poisoning there but I felt , very ill the next few days...

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        08.12.2000 03:22
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        Many a big eater has been stumped by a Pedro's meal. You can spot a Pedro's virgin, as they will blithely order a starter, main course, side dish, and nachos to share, not realising that this could probably feed the people of Luxembourg for a week, and still have enough left for there to be remarks about starving children in Africa who would be grateful for that food you've wasted. Somehow, a Pedro's meal doesn't look like *that* much on the plate. A large amount of food, sure, but not abnormally so. But when you try and eat it, you find you ordered the neverending main course. No matter how much you eat, there is still half of it left. The wise just order starters, or share a main course. Some just order starters *to* share, but that's a bit extreme. Therefore Pedro's meals are legendary in Norwich, or more specifically, among UEA students. The popularity with students gives the place a young atmosphere, although "vibrant" might be stretching it a bit. In particular, it can get loud when the later crowd arrives, the ones who've been passing time in the bar before their 9pm table. Indeed, it has to be said, Pedro's is much better when you're a bit merry (okay, sloshed) - that's when it's hilarious to order "sex on the beach" and eat the worm out of the tequila. On looking at the menu, the first thing you do is gulp at the prices. No main dish comes in under £8.95, which isn't *that* much I know, but doesn't compare well with other restaurants in the area. Beers (330ml bottles) are £2.40, or you can go for a large range of cocktails at £4 or so. Then of course there are the ubiquitous jugs of margarita and sangria weighing it an about £17 to serve 8 (but only if the 8 aren't too thirsty). You're not heading for a cheap night out, let's put it that way. On first glance, there's a fairly wide choice of dishes. But basically it comes down to t
        his: chilli, veggie chilli, refried beans or chicken in a white sauce, served with plain or fried tortillas, or taco shells. Make up a few combinations of those, add sour cream, cheese and guacamole, and that's your Pedro's menu. Everything comes with a choice of rice or sautee potatoes, something which they ask everyone around the table, but no-one thinks to specify straight away. Or if you do, you're still asked: "I'd like the beef fajitas please, with rice." "Is that with rice or potatoes?" Argh. The food is decent, but nothing special. The chilli's not that spicy, and the hot sauce they put on the table is from Louisiana, so hardly authentic, and it just seems to add heat rather than flavour. Personally, I would rather have a smaller portion of some tastier food. There are desserts and some dessert-like cocktails (with loads of cream) as well, but frankly, I've never had space to try them. They're nothing special on paper - the usual sorts of ice cream, chocolate fudge cake, etc. (Not that I would know a Mexican dessert if it jumped up and bit me.) The wait staff can be pretty robotic. On a busy night they often have a number of large parties to deal with, so can rush you through, bringing the bill before you finish dessert (although they probably know from experience that that could be a long wait). Some of them are good fun, although "fun" often takes the form of landing you with large sombreros (are there any other kind?) as you sit down. Bear in mind that the hats are a good 2 feet across, and you're crammed in like battery chickens - you either lose them by the time the starters arrive, or spend the evening eating by numbers. Y'know, maybe it's because the place is so small that the meals seem so big. It's basically in a shed in a park. A big shed, but a shed nonetheless. The tables seem very close together, and your intimate dinner for two can easily be rui
        ned by the shrieking girls in gold lame 2 feet away. The loud(ish) "Mexican" music seems worse in a small area, and can hinder conversation (unless you're a shrieking girl in gold lame). The various "Mexican" knick-knacks around the ceiling don't help the feeling of claustrophobia, nor do the numerous rough-plastered internal walls with barred windows, but hey, it's authentic, right? Authentic my bum. Pedro's, no matter how many pseudo-Latin American trinkets you hang up, you are, and always will be, a shed in a park. But we'll always love you when we're pished.

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