Lunch at El Burro, Cape Town

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Many birthday celebrations, catch ups and food babies have taken place at El Burro. If you’re looking for good food and a vibe in Cape Town – El Burro might just be the one. Might because there’s two other choices – you could also pop downstairs into Cabrito, their bar that serves a vast selection of tequila and has seen me on more than one occasion before heading upstairs for a major taco tasting session. Their latest venture – El Burro Taqueria is also a good one to try out. Located in Tamboerskloof, their concise taco menu helps make all of these choices a lot simpler. Their Chiles Relenos and Esquites dishes win as starters.

As fans of every single one of their food ventures – we’ve been getting our taco fix from the main man – El Burro – for years. A restaurant that has consistently made me appreciate the humble taco and that I get to live in Cape Town, where there is so much versatile and good food on offer. Although it’s a bit of a lame thing to say – you can really feel the love that goes into each authentic dish at El Burro. 

My good friend Courtney – who has a foodie Instagram account and is a recently qualified pastry chef – and I decided to celebrate the festive season by enjoying some good food. Although we set out to try a new restaurant both of us hadn’t eaten at before, our hearts weren’t in it. We wanted damn good Mexican food. We wanted El Burro.

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I decided to take pictures and document our lunch at El Burro, because who wouldn’t want to see those churros over and over and over again? Crunch, sugar and dark chocolate make the world go round.

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Let’s begin right at the start. First up, iced coffees. To drink I almost always order their horchata which is made of rice milk that’s spiced up with cinnamon and sweeten with sugar. Horchata has the ability to comfort, refresh and make you feel a little bit more on holiday with each sip. Nevertheless, this time caffeine got the better of me. Our iced coffees were served in wine glasses – fancy shmancy – on a hot, windless day in Cape Town. Muy bueno.

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When it came to the mains I stuck with my usual order – The Pork Carnitas. Twice-roasted pulled pork with roast tomato and a trio of seasonal salsas served on soft corn tortillas. Squeeze on a lil’ lime and holy guacamole, you’ve got a winning meal. Tons of flavour and variety all on one plate.

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As the ever faithful vegetarian, Courtney ordered the Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos. The roasted cauliflower had been spiced up with smoked paprika and looked just as good as any ol’ meaty taco. Courtney told me that this dish has inspired many vegetarian meals at home and that she often tries to recreate the cauliflower perfection El Burro has mastered. She also ordered a side dish of refried beans, which I obviously helped myself to.

IMG_4151Full bellies and happy hearts that consisted of pulled pork, refried beans and tacos. It was time to decide whether we were going to order dessert (AKA churros, always the churros) or not.

Approached by our waiter, the conversation went as follows:

Authentically Dressed Waiter: “Would you like to order dessert?”

Me: “Ohhh, no thanks! I’m stuffed.”

Courtney: “I’ll get the churros.”

Me: “Okay! Let’s share the churros.”

Courtney: “No. I don’t want to share the churros.”

Me: “….”

Me: “I’ll also get the churros.”

I’ll never have willpower or abs because of churros. Also, I owe Courtney a thank you hug because El Burro’s churros are the flagship of all churros and if you don’t order them, you’re doing it wrong.

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Last few words? El Burro’s décor is cool, the waiters wear incredible Mexican outfits and their twitter account has made me laugh loads. You should go to El Burro and eat some churros. You deserve it.

El Burro
Address: 81 Main Road, Cape Town, 8005 Phone: 021 433 2364


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