We used to love an occasional family meal out at Chiquito Mexican Restaurants. They have always provided a good range of vegetarian options for both adults and children alongside a good atmosphere and service with a smile.
Unfortunately a meal out this weekend to celebrate Miss Kahonie's fabulous year 5 test results, was less than impressive (quick proud-parent brag for anyone who understands the UK assessments...she jumped from a 3A to a 5C in literacy...whoohoo!)
It wasn't a good start to the meal, when the usual free (mini) appetiser of tortilla chips and salsa didn't arrive and the member of waiting staff serving us looked stressed and kept apologising for the wait (blaming the kitchen staff.) We had to ask for kids' menus, maybe because we have tweens rather than little ones.
The recent changes to the kids' menu looked great on paper, with even more veggie options than before, and costing only £4.99 for a main meal, pudding and drink. Miss Ony chose the roasted vegetable fajita wrap (the anaemic vegetables weren't roasted - probably microwaved - and were in chunks far too large for the average child to find appealing) and Miss Kahonie went for the veggie bean chilli tacos (which actually looked quite nice).
While the kids enjoyed their meals, Mr O and myself were less than impressed. The menu had plenty of options for me as usual, and I went for the veggie bean chilli enchiladas and Mr O (the only non-veggie amongst us) decided on the Texan chicken melt.
My enchiladas were a poor excuse for Mexican food, or even Tex-Mex. They should have been soft, oozing with filling, and topped with melted cheese - they weren't. I reckon the wraps had been microwaved - they were tough and certainly hadn't been baked with tomato sauce and cheese. In fact, they were topped with a generous estimate of approximately 5g of cheese and they certainly weren't worth £10.
Mr O's £12.99 chicken was rather puny looking and he said it was dry and tasteless. He'd asked for rice with it and it came with chips, so he had to send it back.
It's a shame, as Chiquito used to be one of our favourite restaurant chains, but we certainly won't be planning to re-visit any time soon.
Chiquito - over priced and under spiced in my humble opinion.