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- What: Mexican-themed chain restaurant
- Where: sadly the city centre restaurant has closed, so the closest one is at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre
- When: Mon–Sat 9am–11pm, Sun 9am–10:30pm
- Website here
A while back I was contacted by Fort Kinnaird, asking if I’d like to go and try out the new menu at Chiquito. As both my partner and I love Mexican food, I was very quick to say ¡sí Señora!
At the beginning of September we finally made it there. I’d never been to Fort Kinnaird before, and it was quite a trek from Leith on the bus, but as it turns out, it was definitely worth it.
The new Chiquito menu contains several different sections, including the usual Mexican and tex mex favourites, but what immediately caught our eye was the new street food section, where you could sample several tapas-style dishes. As we were keen to try as many things as possible, this was the perfect choice.
We started out by ordering nachos to share as a starter. As you may know if you’ve read my previous posts, I have a thing for nachos, and we have had them in many, many places around Edinburgh (and skipped just as many as they have failed to meet our standards by swapping or missing ingredients). Luckily the nachos at Chiquito contained all the required ingredients, and they didn’t try to swap the beef chilli for pulled pork like so many places seem to do these days (and it shouldn’t be allowed!). We were both really pleased with the nachos; the beef chilli was really tasty, and there was a good dollop of all the sauces. To quote my other half, “definitely in the upper echelon of nachos we have had”, so we were very happy with how the meal started.
Having finished the quite sizable plate of nachos (and almost regretting ordering such a large starter) the six street food dishes arrived – we were both very excited at this point! We ordered:
- Quesadilla bites with chicken, chorizo and sweetcorn
- Empanadas with spicy chicken (we wanted beef but sadly they’d run out)
- Patatas bravas
- Mini classic burrito (chicken)
- Halloumi bites with cranberry salsa
- Tortilla stack with beef chilli
All in all, we both agreed that all the food was very tasty. We were, however, quite disappointed about not being able to get the empanadas with beef, as it became quite a chicken-heavy selection, and the chicken dishes didn’t quite live up to the lovely beef chilli – there was just that something missing. To quote my partner again: “basically their chilli beef is the best thing ever and really tasty, but the chicken wasn’t quite as good”. The patatas bravas were nice – my other half really enjoyed the habanero sauce, and said he’d buy a bottle of it if he could. He was originally slightly suspicious about the halloumi bites, but they turned out to be the high point of the meal for both of us!
As you can see from the picture, we ended up with clean plates. By this point I was so stuffed that I worried I’d have to be rolled onto the bus later, so (very uncharacteristically for both of us) I skipped dessert and chose a frozen passion fruit margarita instead, while my partner ordered chilli pineapple thins, i.e. pineapple slices coated with cinnamon and chili, served with raspberries and ice cream. This was a lighter, slightly different dessert, and a very nice end to a lovely meal.
We have to say that Chiquito exceeded expectations, especially for a chain, and, as my partner puts it, “their food was a tasty alternative to all those hipster street food burrito places”. I’d happily eat there again if I ever find myself hungry at Fort Kinnaird, and it is also a much more exciting option than many of the other restaurants at the shopping centre. So if you’re out at Fort Kinnaird and feel like a bite to eat after all your shopping, I’d definitely recommend a trip to Chiquito.