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.
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.
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.