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If your holiday plans include a visit to Cape Town, you have to add a visit to an El Burro restaurant into your itinerary.
Since there are now two restaurants to choose from, you may be wondering which one to visit. I made it my painful (lol) task to investigate both restaurants on a recent trip to Cape Town.
The two restaurants in question are the Original El Burro in Greenpoint, and their new baby the El Burro Taqueria in Tamboerskloof.
I’m a Jo’burg girl. I don’t hesitate to drive for 30min to reach a destination for dinner. That being said both the Original and the Taqueria sit just outside the high rise buildings of Cape Town CBD. The areas are quite similar in appearance and therefore this shouldn’t affect your decision.
The Parking Situation
Cape Town’s parking situation. Woah Nelly. You guys need to sort that ish out. It’s like Parkhurst and Braamfontein had a baby and sent it down to Cape Town to find itself. Capetonians probably have the best parallel parking skills in SA.
You will have to park on the street, probably quite far away from the restaurant and walk. It will more than likely rain at some point during this walk. You will then have beautiful sunshine. It happens. You may also need to find a dude in a bib and give him some cash to get permission to park.
Just prevent the heartache and take an Uber. (You can use the code “uberjesska” when you sign up to receive R100 off your first ride)
Having a big party with all your new Cape Town friends – book at the Original.
Quick bite to eat before a razzle in Long Street – walk in at the Taqueria.
For bright and airy – the Taqueria.
For moody and interesting – the Original.
Since the Taqueria is still a baby, it’s waiting for Aunty Helen’s minions to deem it worthy enough to have a liquor licence. It’s currently a BYO vibe. Great for people who want to save a buck or two.
If you are dining at the Original have a Tequila or three. Loads of different types to choose from. If Tequila shots don’t make you happy, get them to throw one in a Margarita. The berry one is tops.
Cape Town in general has the slowest service I have ever encountered. I once went to a restaurant where the waiter knitted instead of serving us – I can’t deal.
That being said, I found the service to be much faster at the Taqueria when compared to the Original.
Both restaurants have incredibly friendly waiters who are knowledgeable about the menu.
The Taqueria serves items individually at about R20 to R45. This means you get to try many different items off the menu for one meal. It’s a winner for people like me who can’t decide what to eat.
I had the vegetarian quesadilla, a soft taco filled with roast butternut, caramelised onions, goats cheese and rocket, covered in melted cheese. Amazing.
I also tried the chicken taco. I loved it.
The bf ordered the beef quesadilla and the pork taco. Everything was delicious and arrived quite quickly after we placed our orders. The soft tacos are made in house with proper corn flour (masa harina) and it really makes a difference.
The menu at the Original has quite a few more items on it. The last time I ate their I had the build you own Chicken. It was amazing and the pickled red onions it was served with still stick with me today (so gorgeous, so pink and so good). This trip I opted for a non tortilla based meal and ordered the Carne Asada.
FREE-RANGE RIB-EYE STEAK SERVED ON CRUSHED NEW POTATOES WITH SOUR CREAM, ROASTED GARLIC, PICKLED JALAPENOS AND A TOMATO SALSA.
It was good, but it wasn’t as nice as the tacos I tried at the Taqueria. The bf ordered an Enchilada. It was huge.
The best part of the meal was the churros I ordered for dessert. Sweet Baby Jose, the piping hot doughnuts covered in cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate dipping sauce are worth saving space for. Make it happen.
You can’t go wrong by visiting either restaurant, but that brightly coloured Taquieria made me consider moving to Cape Town for a brief moment, the food was so good.
What is your favourite Mexican restaurant in Cape Town?
El Burro Greenpoint (The Original)
Address: 1st Exhibition Building, 81 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Phone Number: 021 433 2364
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 11.30pm
El Burro Taqueria
Address: Shop 1, 12 – 16 Kloof Nek Road, corner of Kloof Nek and New Church Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Phone Number: 021 422 3554
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12 noon to 11.30pm; Saturday 10am to 11.30pm; Sunday closed
Disclaimer: I paid for my meal in full, all views expressed are my own. Please ask before using my pictures.