I have eaten at El Burro about 4 times since they opened last year and I can honestly say its my favourite Mexican restaurant in Cape Town. Its more fresh mex than tex mex which I love, and for anyone who has ever tried to make authentic Mexican cuisine in South Africa, you will know how challenging it is. We simply do not have the specialised ingredients readily available here, which is why the owners of El Burro have to travel to Mexico to buy some their stuff.
Mexican food is simply not Mexican food without chipotle chillies, as one example, and they use this extensively at El Burro.
Its beautifully decorated, both funky and homely with the added benefit of being situated in a stunning old building with a large balcony right on the very central Greenpoint strip, directly opposite the stadium.
The service is warm and friendly and the waitresses are all kitted out in traditional Mexican outfits. I like this a lot.
I have sampled quite a number of the menu items, with some that I have loved more than others. I am now totally addicted to the pork enchiladas and I am hoping this addiction will not prevent me from ordering a few more dishes I have not yet tried.
My second favourite item on the menu is the fish taco. Lightly battered fresh fish goujons served with all the traditional side accompaniments and I must say that I way prefer the flour tortillas to the corn tortillas. The fish ceviche is fresh and zesty and is an excellent starter along with the smoked jalapenos (but be warned these are very smokey and quite rich). All the mains come with freshly pickled red onions and fresh greens.
My best way to eat Mexican food is to sample a variety of flavours and textures, so sharing is a really good option. El Burro recently hosted a Tweetup party to celebrate Donkey’s return, and we were served tasting portions of parts of the menu which was great. Some of us are secretly hoping they may introduce a permanent tasting menu.
The other very cool part about El Burro is their vast selection of tequilas and amazing tequila cocktails which can only lead to happy times.
El Burro, 81 Main Road, Greenpoint. (021) 433-2364.