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“Lovely atmosphere, great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chimichangos

Chimichangos
Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Middlewich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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
Cheshire
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to Chimichangos and yet again the food was fantastic, great portions and very filling. I would definitely visit again even if I didn't have a Groupon voucher as I love the atmosphere, Mexican music and so much on the menu we haven't even tried yet. Only one waitress working but did not have to wait too long for the food and who wants to rush when you have a jug of beer to keep you occupied! Definitely a favourite of ours.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cheshire
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pretty average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

We visited here on a groupon deal, had heard good things but were a bit disappointed. Food was very average e.g. Cheese not melted on nachos properly, you get much better at the barburrito chain. Was about half full but only one waitress on so service towards the end was slow ( we booked for 6.30)

Decor was good and can imagine it would be a fun place to go on a fri/sat night with a big group

Visited July 2013
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Thank ktela
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We finally visited Chimichangos last night after hearing about it on Groupon a while ago. I love Mexican food so was very excited at going to somewhere that wasn't Chiquitos, and I was not disappointed! We couldn't have a table at 8pm, so was a little saddened when we turned up at 6.30 and were the only customers, but the place was almost full by the time we left. Loved the decor and music, when the place is full it makes for a great atmosphere! Service was prompt and friendly and there was a great choice on the menu. We had a minichanga and ribs to start, both tasted fresh and full of flavour, portions are generous! I then had the beef chilli burrito with rice and fried potatoes. Absolutely delicious, the chilli was so rich and had a great warmth from the spices. My boyfriend had the tortilla basket with steak, peppers and onions and he loved that. The only disappointment was we were too full for dessert! The prices were reasonable and they seem to have some great offers in the week. We loved it and can't wait to return!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mugs
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cheshire
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We turned up on a Thursday night about 8pm and the restraurant was quite busy. We're we're shown to our table. There was no pressure about having to get your food ordered (like some places do) we ordered drinks which were ice cold just what we needed, a small nachos,burritos and a quesadilla. The nachos turned up after about 5mins freshly prepared with all the trimmings (watch out for the chillies lol). The mains came at just the right time which yet again we were not disappointed with, fresh hot and ample.
Four times we've been here now with friends and alone and we are always happy. If your not happy with something just ask Jason who will do everything he can to help.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank colou2
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

A very disappointing night at this restaurant. It was meant to be a celebration for my husband and his closest friend's 60th birthday but we came away feeling hungrier than when we went in.
The cutlery was greasy and food was served across us by a waitress who looked like she'd rather be on Facebook., in fact , who could blame her, I think that would have been a better option. Definitely not to be recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Outastace
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