February 22, 2013
Sizzling Mexican restaurants in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
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Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it!
And here’s where to satisfy your cravings…
El Burro is considered one of the best Mexican restaurants in Cape Town. The authentic Mexican menu and distinctly fresh ingredients keep them coming back for more, while the space is hip and the staff are friendly.
Location: 81 Main Road, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 433 2364
Cape Town’s two Fat Cactus restaurants are regarded by locals as a fun place for after-work margaritas and chilli poppers, and once the evening is under way, huge portions of moresome Mexican favourites.
Location: 47 Durban Rd, Mowbray or 5 Park Road, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 5022 or +27 (0)21 685 1920
Anyone who knows Pancho’s loves the place ... so much so that sometimes it’s difficult to get a table. The restaurant is flamboyant and vibey, the portions are huge and the food is mouthwatering.
Location: 127 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 4854
Cantina Tequila is situated on “party central” street in the Northern Suburbs, so naturally it is a local watering hole after work. Their "fish bowl" cocktails are particularly well known and the menu is varied, with lots of platter options to choose from.
Location: 86 Edward Street, Tyger Valley
Contact: +27 (0)21 919 1556
San Julian Taco & Tequila
San Julian sets the tone for an unassuming and casual experience, and what makes it all the better is the inexpensive, authentic Mexican food that gets dispatched from the kitchen by the passionate Mexican owners.
Location: 3 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap
Contact: +27 (0)21 419 4233
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, four… ready for a fiesta!