Chiquito Restaurant Review
The whole date night thing...I just can't do it! The idea of sloping off with Ian to a restaurant, leaving our children at home just does not appeal to me. If it's a special occasion I can just about be persuaded to have a date night, but otherwise, I am just as happy being with Ian along with our children. In fact, the pleasure that the kids get spending quality time with us and eating quality food makes for a perfect evening. One day when the kids are all grown-up we will have our time together, but for now, romantic meals out are for two + the kids! I know it's not everyone's idea of fun, but it's how we roll and we love it!
When the opportunity to review Chiquito's new menu came up, we tied it in with a visit to see Megan in Manchester. The Chiquito restaurant in Salford Quays is ideally placed with its own car park, near the waterfront. It was warm and welcoming which was exactly what we needed on a cold winter's evening in Manchester!
I love the Mexican themed decor of the restaurant with its authentic artworks and cosy, wooden booths. The atmosphere is very relaxed and informal, and the soundtrack gives a very cool vibe to the place. Chiquito is definitely one of my favourite restaurant chains!
We were able to book our table online in advance to guarantee a table which is a really useful feature on their website. The new menu features many old favourites alongside some brand new dishes. I was glad to see some good vegetarian options on offer for both adults and children. We were given bowls of complementary seasoned popcorn to munch on while we perused the menu.
The kids ate from the children's menus which consisted of a main meal, a drink and a dessert. Freddy had the £4.95 meal and chose the flatbread pizza. Kizzy had the £7.95 Young Adult meal and chose roasted veggie fajitas that you make up yourself.
One of the new meals on the menu is the warm Goat's Cheese and Roasted Veg Wrap which I ordered. It was absolutely delicious, packed with tasty veg and creamy goat's cheese. It came with house fries, salad and coleslaw and cost £9.45.
Ella opted for the Veggie Burger topped with veggie chilli. again it came with fries and coleslaw and cost £9.95.
Ian picked his old favourite Baked Veggie Chilli Enchiladas for £10.95. Megan went for a winter special of chimichangas with sweet potato fries. The chimichangas were meant to be filled with veggie chilli but Megan requested a roasted vegetable filling instead. They were happy to oblige.
We had a delicious feast, all sampling each other's dishes.
The food was plentiful and very delicious. we couldn't leave without sampling the desserts so we ordered a selection to share between us. We ordered the Banana Taquito which was a banana wrapped in a tortilla, deep fried and flavoured with cinnamon sugar. It was amazing!
We also got the Churros which came with chocolate dipping sauce.
The ice cream that Ian ordered came in a cinnamon, tortilla bowl which was such a lovely touch. Desserts start at £3.25 and round off the meal perfectly.
Freddy and Kizzy had ice cream sundaes as part of their meal deal. I was so impressed with the size and quality of their desserts. Freddy's strawberry sauce was absolutely fab, made with real fruit and not like the synthetic sauces you normally get on a kids' pudding. Freddy actually said to our waitress, completely unprompted "It's the best food I've ever eaten!" For my fussy boy to say this, it must have been good!
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food was great and we really enjoyed everything we ordered. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxed making Chiquito a great venue for family dining, eating out with friends or for a romantic meal for two (Valentine's Day is coming up!) They also have a lunch time menu available until 5pm weekdays where you can eat a main for £5.95 and add on a dessert or starter for £2.50 each, which is excellent value.
We were there for over two hours as service wasn't very swift, but as it was late afternoon the restaurant and kitchen wasn't fully staffed. But as we were enjoying each other's company and making full use of the free wi-fi we were perfectly happy relaxing, chatting and having fun.
To find out more about Chiquito, to view the menus and to book a table, take a look at the website at www.chiquito.co.uk
We received a £50 voucher to put towards our meal for the purpose of doing this review.