I love it when friends have birthdays. Especially when there are 20 of us and we can occupy a long table and share food and flavours and conversation. Thank you Lindsay for the pleasure of this meal, and thank you El Burro for hosting us.
El Burro, a Mexican locale in Green Point, is cool, contemporary and serves up way more than casual tex mex. It’s a festival of flavour, and the authentic dishes, fun presentation and brilliant service make for a feast for the senses.
Occupying the top floor of an old Victorian building in Green Point, the folk at El Burro have done nothing short of revolutionise Mexican cuisine in the Cape. From a perfectly acidic and flavour-rich ceviche to a ‘build your own’ tortilla main, to salads and food hot off the grill, it’s taken our appreciation of this popular, somewhat contrived style of cooking and made it totally approachable, authentic and delicious.
So delicious, there are moments when flavour is all too much and you have to stop what you’re doing and just say, ‘Mmm…’
The vivid decor, bright maroon walls, fairy lights and assorted ornamentation makes for a space that matches the food’s flavour. I kicked things off with my usual El Jimador Blanco, lime juice and soda, and we shared the exceptionally perfect ceviche starter (R68). The chilli rellenos, grilled rather than fried in sticky batter or bread crumbs is alternatively a must-try (3 for R55, 5 for R65).
There is this certain thrill to eating with your fingers (why else would pizza and ribs be so darn exceptional)? For mains, the chilorio pork build-your-own consists of a healthy portion of twice cooked pork shoulder, along with flour or corn tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and roast tomato salsa. Trust us, this one’s worth sharing, and so much fun to get tucked into. And using your hands is expected. Not a pork fan? There are other protein and vegetarian options (R100).
Finish things off with a classic – and wonderfully crispy – churros, laden with rich chocolate sauce for dipping. This Mexican-style donut is surely revolutionary, and even if you are full to food baby proportions, leave space for one of these guys.
Mains and salads come in unusual combinations, with one thing in common: flavour. Dine with friends long table style or visit with one or a few friends. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
PS. El Burro is opening a sister Taceria in Tamboerskloof soon. Keep an eye out, or watch this space for when we pounce on it.