Me and my boyfriend drove to Knaresborough from Harrogate with the intention of going to another restaurant, but when that was filled with rowdy locals, we searched in the cold for somewhere else and came across Hallieva Mexicana- and I am so glad we did!
I was sceptical when we first entered the dining room as there was no member of staff or any other customers, but as soon as one of the owners came out to greet us, I knew we had nothing to worry about. She was so welcoming and explained the menu to us in great and knowledgeable detail.
We had an individual portion of chilli nachos to share (absolutely delicious- the chilli is like nothing I've ever tasted!) and also ordered a tapas dish of goats cheese empanadas. Unfortunately these were left off our order to begin with, but as the owner was so apologetic and lovely we could hardly be upset, especially when she offered to give us them for free! We both enjoyed a chicken burrito with our empanadas (all fabulous), followed by a light dessert which was recommended when we said we were both stuffed!- a delicious coconut roll which was well presented and a sweet but light end to the meal.
The bill was served in a little trinket box which contained chocolates, hand wipes and toothpicks, lovingly put together by the owner herself who presented it with pride. Altogether an absolutely fantastic experience with the best, most authentic Mexican food we have ever tasted- sorry Chiquitos but you've been outmatched! Will definitely be returning regularly.
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