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11 Wheelock Street | Cheshire, Middlewich, England
01606 836000
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Ranked #3 of 17 restaurants in Middlewich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $33
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: THE journey from Wheelock Street to Chimichangos may just be a few steps. But as soon as you walk through the door it feels like a voyage of discovery. Shades of orange and subtle lighting lend an ambience to the restaurant. Above the bar is a painted landscape filled with cacti and sombreros playfully hang from walls and chairs. It is the kind of scene you might expect from an inner-city restaurant but this is Middlewich. Chimichangos officially opened at the weekend and the Guardian was invited to give it a try. Owner Jason Tanfield has transformed Kandi’s Steakhouse into a Mexican restaurant. The 36-year-old said he identified a gap in the market as there is only a handful of independent venues in Cheshire where you can enjoy Mexican food. Jason is also drawing on his experience as he used to be the head chef at a restaurant called The Three Amigos in Exeter about 15 years ago. My partner and I were promptly seated and were struck by how attentive and polite the staff were. We were soon sipping Coronas and tucking into some tortilla chips with delicious home-made salsa. To start we had creamy garlic mushrooms in a tortilla shell and jalapenos stuffed with soft cheese which were both perfect. We followed this up with vegetable fajitas and chicken fajitas respectively - and this is where Chimichangos showed its edge over some of its competitors. Firstly you can choose how hot you want your food to be which is sure to be welcomed by both spice addicts and those who like things mild. The portions were also incredibly generous which tends to be unusual for Mexican restaurants. There genuinely was not much to criticise but it would have been nice to have some cheese with the fajitas but im told they do normally and had forgot!! The service was prompt and my partner, a vegetarian, was impressed with the range of suitable dishes. Credit also goes to Jason for making good use of the limited space available. At the time of our visit a large group for a 21st birthday celebration was being accomodated. We were defeated by the time it came to dessert but suffice to say a taste of Mexico is on offer for those with a sweet tooth. The menu even includes a banana wrapped in a tortilla and dusted with cinnamon called a chimichanga. The whole experience was fantastic and comes highly recommended.NOTE:This was a secret food critic from the guardian newspaper just search GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER MIDDLEWICH
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English first
Altrincham, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Visited Chimichangos for the first time last year after buying a Groupon deal and the food was fabulous. Another deal earlier this year prompted us to return only to find that the food was even better than we remembered! My sister-in-law took her family there in June to help celebrate her birthday ( everyone thought it was great ) Then... More

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went in February for my Husbands birthday and decided to go back again for our wedding anniversary last night. We booked in advance and I'm glad we did as it was quite busy for a Wednesday night. We were spoiled for choice on the menu!!! Despite it being busy, we didn't have too long to wait. Our starters were delicious... More

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A group of 7 friends went here for a birthday night out, only a small venue but with lots of character great atmosphere, I would advise pre booking too! all the tables set out nice, one big round one in the window looked good too. The staff all male on this night were very helpful, happy and thorough. Great choice... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Sombrero style hats make it feel more authentic and my only real criticism is that the actual restaurant is quite small and dark, making it feel a little claustrophobic. The food was good although not amazing but I would definitely go back again!!

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Middlewich, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Excellent menu, full of flavour. Service was friendly and efficient. Something different in middlewich

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10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Been meaning to try this place since it opened and finally decided to book a table early on a Saturday night. It was very busy when we arrived with every one of the tables occupied. The food was gorgeous although I wish I'd asked for a spicier chilli! My Husband really enjoyed his rib starter and seafood main. The service... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Quaint little place that has an abundance of character inside. First time I have tried Mexican food and was very very impressed. The young lady who served us was a happy funny but very polite employee who made the experience so much more fun. Great sense of humour and a credit to the branch. Food was served quickly, great quality... More

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Cheshire, UK
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29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The quality of the food is extremely high. The BBQ Pulled Pork Enchilada is immense! The Fajitas with sizzling Chicken are exquisite. The staff are mostly attentive and always engaging - making the whole experience extremely enjoyable. Whilst serving Tequila Sunrise 'in a jug' is good value for money - you do lose out on the visual sunset experience of... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visited here with my partner and can honestly say it is the best meal we have ever had! I opted for the steak quesadilla whilst the mrs had a chilli beef burrito - WOW! With excellent service all night long from the two male waiters we will be certainly returning before long. If you are local or passing through Middlewich... More

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Cheshire UK
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A small restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere. I look forward to eating here as the food is tasty, well portioned and is consistently excellent. The music adds to the enjoyment and the staff are always welcoming. I regularly visit and take up some of the good offers that are put on Facebook. It's a great Mexican in middlewich - just... More

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