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Review: Chiquito

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Tex Mex sharing platter

A Friday night after a long working week, my three favourite people around me and being one of the first people to try the brand new Chiquito’s menu which launched at the start of the week = a recipe for a great night!

Chiquitos Collage Hero Shot

We went to our local Chiquito in Castleford, arriving at 7.30pm to a bustling atmosphere. It was certainly a popular choice for families, couples and groups of friends enjoying a night out and we had a short wait until we were seated. Fortunately the staff were on the ball and seemed to work quickly to clean up after departing guests and re-set the tables for the new ones, and we settled into our booth for a tasty treat!

My youngest child had already eaten his tea at home as he wouldn’t last until 7.30pm, but the rest of us eagerly checked out the menu to see what was new. Most of the menu has been revamped so if you last went to Chiquito at Christmas or the New Year, it has all changed. There were section for the trusty burgers, Tacos and their famous fajitas, but new additions of Flatbreads and ‘Street Food’ (a ‘tapas’ style offering of several smaller plates to try a few dishes at a go) – the small plates are called Antojitos, meaning ‘little cravings’ in Mexico.

My husband and daughter decided to share a starter of a Tex-Mex sharing platter (£17.95) containing jalapeño poppers; chicken strips; loaded potato skins and nachos. It also comes with onion rings; corn on the cob and dipping sauces. It looked amazing when it came out, have a look!

Tex Mex sharing platter

I chose the Halloumi Skewers myself (£5.95) which are rods of halloumi; onions & peppers baked in the oven and served over a citrus dressed salad with cranberry salsa. The cranberry salsa was delicious and I *may* have pinched one of my husband’s onion rings to dip into it!

Halloumi skewers

For our mains, my daughter ate from the kids menu and had an enchilada whilst I had the Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap (£11.75 pictured left below) with southern fried chicken breast with lettuce, grated cheese and jalapeño jelly in a tortilla and served with skin-on-fries and homemade slaw. My husband enjoyed the Chicken & Ribs (£16.55 pictured right) which was a quarter rack of BBQ ribs and marinated chicken breast with sides of skin-on-fries, corn on the cob, onion rings and slaw. It was certainly enough to fill him, he does a very physical job and enjoys a good meal so when he had no room for pudding I took it as a good sign!

Sweet Chilli chickenChicken & Ribs

A meal out for my kids wouldn’t be a meal out without dessert! They both had the chocolate brownie and I think my son’s face in this picture says it all!
happy boy & pudding

Overall the verdict was positive. We enjoyed the atmosphere, it was lively but not rowdy and the service was fast and friendly. I spotted several tables around me enjoying some very attractive looking cocktails which we didn’t have as I was driving and my husband preferred the beer, but I’d like to sample those next time I’m there!

Chiquito has 86 restaurants around the country and you can find your nearest at www.chiquito.co.uk

Disclosure: We were provided with a family meal at Chiquito Castleford for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Comments to Review: Chiquito

  • I am so hungry now after reading this post!! The food looks delicious

    angela hamilton 24th February 2016 11:26 am Reply
  • We haven’t been to Chiquito for a while now. Maybe we should go back to try out the new menu: it looks and sounds good.

    Erica Price 24th February 2016 11:33 am Reply
  • Wow what a feast! It looks delicious, I’ve never tried this chain before.

    Liz Burton 24th February 2016 1:29 pm Reply
  • Those halloumi skewers sound like a healthy and tasty option for starters, will try and make them at home this weekend!xx

    oana79 24th February 2016 9:13 pm Reply
  • OMG that Tex Mex starter looks delicious! I’d be happy with one of those as my meal 🙂

    Stephs Two Girls 24th February 2016 10:57 pm Reply
  • We love our local Chiquito’s and had a kids birthday party there once. They even did a pinata for them!!

    Kara 25th February 2016 11:50 am Reply
  • We love Chiquitos as a family and I also like to go with my friends as the cocktails are AMAZING x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 25th February 2016 3:44 pm Reply
  • I like the idea of the street food taster plates. My boys love Mexican, although I think that this is more Tex-Mex type food, still delicious too

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 25th February 2016 11:54 pm Reply
  • I’ve not been to Chiquitos but the food looks fab.

    tanya 4th March 2016 9:16 pm Reply

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