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“Food: not Mexican. Decor: Mexican kitsch, and lots of it”

ELTORITO Shinjuku Southern Tower
Ranked #281 of 8,791 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Shinjuku
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Food: not Mexican. Decor: Mexican kitsch, and lots of it”
Reviewed July 19, 2010

Every inch of this fairly large (by Tokyo standards) restaurant in a hip neighborhood is crammed with "Mexican" kitsch. Some of the menu items bear Mexican names ("queso fundido") but the servings don't look or taste Mexican, they're small, and they're over-priced (by Tokyo standards). My "chicken and avocado salad" contained two sugar-lump-size pieces of avocado, a few shreds of chicken, and tons of lettuce.
My credentials: I've lived in southern California and Arizona for most of my life and traveled widely in Mexico.

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Tokyo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Overall good experience. Mexican food in Tokyo is hard to find”
Reviewed November 26, 2009

Visited for an early Thanksgiving dinner on 26 November 2009. I recognize El Torito as a US chain restaurant, but I had never been to one in the US. This location has been there for at least 3 years--first floor of a large office building, next to Shinjuku JR station.

The menu had a wide variety of standard Mexican chain appetizers and entrees. It appears to have a full service bar. I had the chicken and shrimp fajita dinner for 1990 yen ($US 18). Portion was average size for US but would be considered large for Japan. Everything tasted very good. All the spices were conservative in consideration of Japanese taste.

I could tell the tortillas (8 pieces) with the meal were freshly made. They used butter which is not traditional, but it was OK. On the way out, I noticed the big window into the kitchen where you can see the tortillas being made. Free chips and salsa were offered.

The decor is Tokyo's spin on a Mexican restaurant--as realistic as Japanese restaurant decor is outside of Japan. They were playing English language Christmas music. The staff was greeting everybody in simple Spanish.

This would be a good date restaurant. Will definitely visit again.

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Tokyo, Japan
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very nice food, lovely restaurant, service OK. Highly recommended to foreigners around the Shinjuku area.”
Reviewed January 19, 2009

Very nice food, lovely restaurant, service OK.
Highly recommended to foreigners around the Shinjuku area.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“My favorite Mexican restaurant”
Reviewed December 7, 2008

EL TORITO
EL TORITO is a Mexian reataurant. They are located in sky bill in
Yokohama. There are many kinds of menus, including alcohol. Also, in every meal they served customers free salsa sauce and Doritos. The lightness in a restaurant is a little dark, but it makes good mood. The worker will come to get order in good timing like just after we chosen or drinks. In the menu, there are chicken tacos, grilled chicken and beef fajita, chicken burrito, margarita, Colona beer, pine colada and so on. The taste of food is delicious and the people who like hot one will
like them better. Almost all the food in the menu is Mexican food. They cost about around 1000 yen to 2000 yen. If you go there at lunch, the cost will be cheaper than dinner time. I will recommend this restaurant to family which likes to eat Mexican food and also students who doesn’t want to spend too much money but want to have a moody, nice food.

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“Good quality- in TYO- not so many good mexican restaurants!”
Reviewed September 15, 2008

Good quality- in TYO- not so many good mexican restaurants!

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