As a generously-appetited veggie, I simply love trying out new restaurants and menus, and Mexican is a huge favourite of mine. I couldn’t resist popping into the new Kingston Milton Keynes restaurant for a spot of dinner, as the beautifully modern glass-fronted building twinkled with industrial lights, mosaic ceramic pottery, brightly embellished sombreros and wooden booths enchanting me to step inside and sample the sensational flavours of Mexico.
For my starter I had the Gem Lettuce Wraps priced at £5.65, which were a selection of baby gem lettuce leaves accompanied by a hot pan of sweet potato and feta cheese in a lime and Tequila sauce. The cool lettuce was vibrantly green, fresh and crisp, complimenting the succulently warm sweet potato, crumbling feta and spicy kick of lime and tequila. A delicious and upbeat starter that tantalised my taste buds and left me wanting more.
For my main I had the vegetarian Chimichanga priced at £12.25, which is a golden brown fried flour tortilla filled with Mexican spiced rice, refried beans, a Texan style cheese sauce and five bean chilli, perched on a bed of skin-on-fries and served in a basket with paper, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. The chimichanga was huge and incredibly filling, with its thick and crispy tortilla wrap tantalisingly deep-fried, cracking open to reveal the steaming moist spiced rice and beans within. Together with the skinny fries and sauces I nibbled each mouthful with a taste of each, a flash of colours and fusion of flavours that danced on the tongue as they appeared on the plate. Sensational. As mains go, this left me trailing at the end as I squeezed to find space to fit it all in and had to reluctantly leave a small corner of wrap and rice, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because there was just too much. But a generous portion is hardly a bad thing is it. If I’d have realised it would be so filling I would have had a lighter lunch in preparation and gladly finished the lot. The succulent avocado chunks within the smooth guacamole teamed with the crunch of biting into the hot deep-fried wrap have me drooling again just thinking about it.
I finished my meal with the Churros priced at £4.25 from the dessert menu. The delicious soft dough is fried until crispy and golden then drenched with cinnamon sugar and served with a pot of chocolate dipping sauce, contributing nicely to my naughty fried dinner. But it’s nice to have a treat day every once in a while. The churros were light and crispy, like biting into a baked cloud that crackles and crinkles up in the mouth, with a glossy film of oil on the surface that is both savoury and sweet with its dusting of cinnamon sugar. And the chocolate dipping sauce, wow, just wow; it was smooth, chocolately and sweet, coating the churro with a rich and thick topping with each dreamy dip. A delightful end to an incredibly indulgent but totally necessary dinner in a fabulously family-friendy restaurant with a twist.