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“A big Con”

Chiquito - Basildon
Ranked #14 of 137 Restaurants in Basildon
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A big Con”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We were staying at the Travelodge in Basildon. At 8.00am on a Sunday we went to look for breakfast. Frankie and Benny's were advertising a breakfast at £5.00 but Chiquitos (next door) were advertising breakfasts from £3.95 with a lovely picture of the breakfast.

As there were six of us in the family we thought this would save us money and the breakfast looked just what we wanted.

We returned after they had opened. What a shock, the breakfast shown outside at £3.95 was a complete scam. It was actually £5,99. Unfortunately we had two very hungry little ones with us so we had to order as they could not face having to go somewhere else. The waiter was pleasant. We ordered our food and drinks and waited and waited and waited. Eventually drinks arrived and then a long time later the food. The youngest one in the high chair was by then crying as he was so hungry. There were only two other people in the place, god knows what the service would have been if it was busy.

They need to realise that little ones need to be brought their drink and food quickly, not leave them for approximately 20 minutes before bringing them anything.

Don't be taken in by their offer it is actually much more expensive than it looks, and not worth the money even then.

  • Visited September 2013
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    • Service
    • Food
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  • English first
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Breakfast was very tasty - but...”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Had never been to Chiquito for breakfast and the large advertising sign said - breakfast from £3.99 with a breakfast picture that made me think ... i'll have some of that.

The 'but' is ... the price on the sign did not relate to the food you would get in the picture. I thought it was just me who misread the sign, but other friends have passed the sign and all thought the price related to the price/picture of the food. I suppose the advertising scam worked!! The picture relates to the full breakfast at £5.95 (drinks and toast are extra).

That said the food was freshly prepared on hot plates and was very tasty.

Our waitress was a South African lady who was very attentive and for her, nothing was too much trouble. We were the only clients and as she was the only waitress, it clearly made it easy for her to deal with all our needs. Even if it had been busy, I think she would have still been good.

It was a good yummy breakfast if little more expensive than I thought is was going to be.

Visited August 2013
Thank AHBas
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Efficient and Tasty”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Friendly service and tasty food. Experienced a few waitresses get a little stressed which came across when serving which was not great cant fault the food every time I have visited it has been really good. I know a few friends who have some bad things to say but not me it's been good food every time and fairly efficient service. Regularly use before going to the cinema. Would recommend.

Visited June 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Meet up with friends on a Monday evening. Found out they did cocktails for £4 till 8pm. Result!
Had a lovely bar man who made our cocktails, was very friendly. Sat outside which was nice with the music.
Defo will visit again.

Visited August 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have had a couple of really nice meals here with friends.

Good food and a nice selection of options.

Excellent service and a nice bar.

We have also just had drinks outside on a sunny day and would highly recommend it.

Visited September 2012
Thank Stuartmwilson
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