I’ve always been a huge fan of mexican food – guacamole, cheese and spicy meat – what’s not to love?! One of my favourite things when I spent summers working in the US was the abundance of mexican restaurants and burrito bars which we just didn’t have in the UK…until now! Over the last few years, burrito bars have been popping up on our little island too and this has made me happier than words can describe! I’m especially happy that one has sprung up right on my doorstep in Camden hurrah! And you can imagine my excitement when I was recently invited down to Chilango Camden Town to give their burritos* a go! Yes please!
The first thing that struck me when I got to Chilango Camden Town was how awesome the themed decor was! You certainly can’t miss the bright neon signs as you walk down the high street! The front of the shop is made up to look like a motel straight out of the movies – very cool! This theme is continued as you head inside with the main seating area made up to look like a living room with random trinkets and props from typical Tex-Mex culture (and randomly the Game Of Life) dotted around. One wall is fitted with a luminous photo of a hotel pool, the fridges by the counter sit below a “Mini Bar” sign and there’s even a display of room keys. It’s a pretty fun idea and I got quite excited spotting different quirky artefacts! It’s the little things in life eh?!
Chilango Camden Town is far more of a restaurant set up than a standard burrito bar. There’s plenty of tables and booths to sit in (instead of just a couple of high stools at a window bar) and the counter is used just to choose your meal and pay, rather than watch your burrito get made up and passed along an assembly line. My boyfriend and I grabbed a booth and promptly decided on a grilled chicken burrito for me and a grilled steak burrito for him, with extra guacamole on each, obvs. I went up to the counter to order and I was recommended to try the mix of mild and spicy salsa by our friendly server – sounds goooood! I also grabbed us a beer and a homemade lemonade, though soon regretted my decision to be good as the girls on the table next to us had just received the most amazing looking frozen cocktails! My lemonade was really nice and refreshing though, and just the right level of sweetness.
Our burritos were bought to the table after about 5 minutes and it didn’t take long for us to rip into them! Tony decided to entirely unwrap his whilst I followed the suggested “unpeeling” method given on the napkins. Either way, we were both making quite a mess within a couple of minutes – there’s just no way to eat a burrito delicately is there?! Definitely not first date food!
Look at the size of it!! Definitely not one of the small things in life!
Each burrito was filled to the brim and was absolutely delicious! It was really nice to have lots of fresh crisp lettuce leaves in my burrito too alongside the rice, black beans, chicken, sour cream, cheese guacamole and mix of hot and mild salsas. The salsa mix by the way was a great shout and it was actually pretty spicy! My boyfriend and I don’t seem to eat anything these days unless it packs a heated punch and neither of us felt the need to add extra hot sauce – sign of a good burrito indeed! The meat was beautifully marinated and full of flavour as well as being really tender. I went for chicken as I though the steak had potential for being a bit tough and tricky to eat in burrito form but they were both really well cooked (and my boyfriend had to pretty much wrestle his steak burrito out of my hands after handing it over for me to have a bite!)
We both devoured our entire burritos #SorryNotSorry and were really full afterwards. Toto had been worried before the meal that a single wrap wouldn’t fill him up and insisted we should have ordered the nacho platter too (which by the way looked incredible!) but even he conceded he couldn’t eat another thing!
The restaurant was really busy, particularly for a Monday night, then we realised it was buy one get one free on all main meals. Hell yeah! Chilango is amazing value anyway (it’s usually only £5.99 – £6.99 for a burrito depending on choice of meat / vegetarian option), but £6.99 for two?! Holy guacamole I’ll be here every week!
We had a great time at Chilango Camden Town, loving everything from the super tasty food to the friendly and helpful staff and the fun theming. It’s a great cross between a burrito bar and a sit down restaurant, making it perfect for relaxed, informal dining. I will definitely back (and next time I’m totally getting a strawberry and kiwi margarita!)
What would your ideal burrito filling be?
*Thanks so much Chilango for treating my boyfriend and I to our dinner. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.