Lunch at Chiquito’s

I did something today that I don’t think I’ve ever done before…I dined alone at a restaurant.

The story behind this isn’t sad. I wasn’t stood up or anything. I was simply hungry and I love Mexican food. I’d walked past Chiquito in The Atrium, Camberley, many times but never before had the chance to go in.

Well, now was my chance. After a morning running errands in the town centre I popped into Chiquito for lunch on my way back to the car park. Chiquito is a UK-based chain of restaurants specialising in Tex-Mex food and has everything you could hope to see – fajitas, burritos, nachos, tacos. They have a breakfast menu which includes Mexican Benedict (eggs benedict with chorizo, jalapenos and a sprinkle of paprika). They also have a street food menu with lots of smaller versions, as well as burgers, paella, quesadillas, and a selection of margaritas to wash it all down.

I was given bowl of popcorn as I made my menu choice. I immediately clocked the hot sauce.
I was given bowl of popcorn as I made my menu choice. I immediately clocked the hot sauce.

Naturally, I searched for the hottest item on their main menu and decided on the Fiery Chilli Chicken – fresh chicken breast chunks marinated in a hot Habanero sauce, served with Mexican spiced rice, tortilla chips, roasted vegetables and sour cream. It arrived in good time and tucked straight in.

Conscious that I was the only person dining alone – I noticed a few questioning stares – I didn’t plan to stay too long but the waiters were very friendly and I was made to feel very welcome and comfortable. The food was a decent portion size and the marinated chicken was the kind of heat I had expected from reading the menu. The rice was a little mild so I used the special Chiquito habanero hot sauce on my table to bring it up to the required temperature. And when I inevitably over did it, their was some sour cream on my plate to cool it back down.

Fiery Chilli Chicken from Chiquito
Fiery Chilli Chicken from Chiquito

Once the plate was well and truly spotless, I asked for the bill. I’ll definitely be popping back here again when I’m in town. I look forward to trying the Pina Colada Prawn starter, the spiced coconut chicken and the chimichanga – a fried tortilla filled with Mexican spiced rice, refried beans, jalapeño cheese sauce, melted mozzarella and a choice of fillings. And I wouldn’t say no to dining alone again either but it is always nice to have company – I’d like to have a reason to try the sharing starters.

Go here to find your nearest Chiquito restaurant.

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