Chimichanga is one of the latest restaurants to arrive in Leicester and we went along to see what delights it had in store.
For a Thursday evening the restaurant was bustling with people eating and drinking. The nachos to sample whilst we browsed the menu were a great choice with the chunky guacamole some of the best I’ve tasted. The menu is Tex Mex and offers a range of traditional Mexican dishes such as Fajitas, Enchiladas and Burritos, as well as those easy to please favourites like Burgers, Steaks and Hot Dogs. For those that aren’t huge spice fans then don’t be afraid to ask for some of the dishes without chilli sauce or look out for the cooler options on the menu.
After deliberating for far too long we settled on the Buffalo Blasts and the BBQ Rib Ends. The Buffalo Blasts offer a good portion size for a starter and come highly recommended. As in, you should definitely order them! Not too spicy, just a nice kick, the chicken is tender and just lightly battered. The blue cheese sauce complements perfectly and the celery and carrots on the side are great for making sure you don’t feel guilty!
The Rib Ends also offer a decent portion and come with a small side dish of coleslaw. The BBQ sauce had a great smoky taste but the ribs weren’t too smothered.
If any of you reading aren’t spice fans then don’t worry. One of our diners can’t handle his spice and steers away from it completely, so for the main course he opted for the Foot Long Beef Hot Dog. The dog comes with fried onions, ketchup and Beaver Coney Island Mustard, plus can also be loaded with a whole host of optional extras including chilli con carne or pulled pork. Served with spicy rice or fries, the dog came out with the fried onions served on the side to choose yourself how much you want to add. It’s also very reasonably priced at just £9.95.
After changing my mind between Fajitas or a Quesadilla approximately 12 times before ordering, I finally opted for the Pulled Pork Quesadilla. After 2 mouthfuls I declared that this was the best thing I had eaten in months! I did vary slightly from the menu, opting for no chilli sauce and for sweet potato fries rather than spicy rice, but the staff were more than happy to adjust the dish slightly. The sweet potato fries were a great addition and went really well with the pulled pork. The portion was enormous though, and despite how delicious it was I was forced to admit defeat with one slice left. Again, great value at just £10.50.
Unfortunately dessert was out of the question due to the prior indulgence but I did spot Churros Sundae with Cinnamon ice cream on the menu, so we’re planning in a return visit very soon!
I did however sample one of the cocktails. Opting for the Gringo Stockbroker, which consists of gin, passion fruit, sugar syrup and fresh orange juice, the drink was refreshing and light. Not overly strong to distract from the flavours, so a good meal accompaniment or a way to finish it off! At £6.50 per drink though you might prefer to save a little room for dessert!
Very impressed with the staff at Chimichanga. Attentive and happy to adjust dishes to suit our individual tastes. The restaurant was very busy but service remained quick and friendly.
Overall Chimichanga is a great option for a relaxed meal in town, post shopping or pre cinema. With reasonably priced dishes to suit almost everyone’s tastes, it’s certainly one to check out. It isn’t fine dining, but it doesn’t pretend to be. If you want a chilled out evening then it comes with a Cool As recommendation of 7.5/10.
Oh, and make sure you have the Quesadilla!
Chimichanga is located in the outside area of Highcross. The full menu and details can be found on the Chimichanga website.