Monday, 5 January 2015

Mexican Restaurant - Chico Bandito

I had a lovely catch up with the girls on Friday and we decide to do something different this time as we normally meet up in Westfield Stratford because it's convenient. But after so many times of Wagamama you get a bit bored.

We all decided a Mexican would do nicely and I found a little place 10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station called Chico Bandito which seemed to have good reviews for the food (always a good start). We arrived and it only had one big table of people (which must have been a birthday or something) so it was quite empty (and it only had about 10 tables anyway) which was nice because you want to be able to hear each other when you catch up with friends. It was obviously decorated and painted by the owners and it had a very 'cafe' feel about it rather the a restaurant so you probably wouldn't give it a second look. But it was a really cosy place to have a nice casual meal and they even had ponchos and sombrero at the door for you to pop on!

(Banana  Daiquiri)

They do a great deal on cocktails Monday to Friday from 3pm to 7pm all cocktails (expect ice teas & worldwide cocktails) are £3.50! Which for London is really good, although they don't have a huge amount of alcohol in they are still yummy.

When it comes to food I ordered a few starters instead of a main (I made the bad choice of having a huge lunch) but what I did get was really tasty. I would say they were a bit small for starts, especially the Cajun Prawn Skewers which you only got a few prawns on one skewer, but it did taste great! I also ordered the Buffalo BBQ Wings which I don't think you can really go wrong with because the bbq sauce is the main part. And the Cream Cheese Jalapenos which I always enjoy almost anywhere I go but these weren't bad and you got 4 for £4.45? Not sure if you would get better than that in London.


My only negatives for this place would be that as it is very small (and seemed family run) they didn't seem to deal with multiple tables as well because they only had 1/2 waitresses and one guy behind the bar making ALL the cocktails on happy hour. So when we first sat down it took quite a while before we got asked if we wanted to order drinks which can be a bit annoying.

Another negative would be that the waitresses do not speak very good English, so when ordering anything you had a point to it on the menu as well and when I mentioned about my nut allergy she really had no idea what I was talking about. But she did go and get someone else who spoke better English and it was fine so no problem there.

And because I've only been here once I don't know if this would happy regularly but we found a few mistakes on the bill with the happy hour cocktails which were on the bill as full price. But once I spoke to the guy at the bar and explained we ordered them an hour before happy hour finish he was happy to change it.

 (Apple Mojito)

 (Cream Cheese Jalapenos)

(Buffalo BBQ Wings)

(Cajun Prawn Skewers - although I did eat one or two prawns on the skewer already)


So overall it's a small independent restaurant that does nice cocktails, good food, isn't too busy or loud that you can't have a conversations and the bill won't add up to very much at the end!

Have you been here before? What did you think? 
Let me know in the comment box below, i'd love to hear from you!


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