This is not the place for die-hard Mexican (or even Tex Mex) food aficionados.
From start to finish this place is like a faint dream of a sleeper whom once read a book about Mexico and then decided to open a Mexican restaurant based on said dream. I've eaten at loads of Mexican restaurants, worked in two, and spent time in Mexico - I LOVE Mexican/TexMex food.
Drinks - a few Mexican bottled beers on the menu. We did like the Desperado.
The margarita...I was sooo looking forward to this and equalled by my disappointment. Served in a wine glass with a table (not coarse!) salt rim, with a LEMON slice floating about in the liquid... The actual liquid was tequila and Cointreau, but I swear they put cloudy lemonade in it - it was bubbling! It was only served on the rock - no frozen offered. How it should be - coarse salt rimmed margarita glass, tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice (you can even buy this in Waitrose), served either on the rocks or frozen, and garnished with a lime slice on the rim.
I've never been to a Mexican restaurant that didn't serve you tortilla chips and salsa FOC upon seating customers. Here you pay extra if you want it, but don't count on the salsa being fresh - the dark red tomato paste makes it looks like died in a tin and the taste isn't much better. One spice level offered - no mild, med, or hot here!
We had young children with us and wanted them to taste a variety of flavours. The waitress seemed to think that the combo platter would be good, but couldn't tell me what was in the combo. Basically it wasn't appropriate for young children - spicy chicken wings, bbq ribs, quesadillas, chips, and crumbled jalapeno chillies and cream cheese (which frankly looked like they had been dumped out of a frozen food bag).
Mains. We had two - a burrito (spelled 'barrito' on their internet menu which gives an indication on it's 'authentic Mexican' foods) and a chimichanga. The chimichanga looked exactly like the burrito only it had been put on a dry frying pan to brown the tortilla... It's meant to be fried in oil (or deep fried) and crispy! It was flat and lacking of other ingredients you might hope to see in it or on it...
On the side was white rice with coriander bits? Honestly, take a moment to google Mexican rice and see if you see any that is bone white - it's meant to have a yellow tinge and have a few bits in it. A typical Mexican main would have both rice and refried beans, but not here. Distinct lack of cheese and pico de gallo, but the guacamole was nice.
Basically what you have here is a restaurant in Keswick (and Penrith) that serves food that isn't English or Mexican, but I guess it still counts as foreign. If you've never had Mexican food before and only eat here, then you might be content in sharing in the faded dream of the sleeper. Others might defend the place and say, 'Well, it IS in Keswick, England' but in this internet age authentic Mexican recipes are only a Google search away and are not too challenging to make! I dearly hope that they make some changes, because there is so much more they could offer!
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