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Published November 18th 2012
Classy, seductive and tasty; what more do you want?
Amigos is a chain of mexican restaurants, common throughout Melbourne, including one on Lygon St, reviewed here, and Acland St, reviewed here.
Recently I tried out the Brunswick St version. I should 'fess up and tell you that I went with a Spreets deal. I paid $39 and got two glasses of sangria, two mains, and a desert to share. I love deals and vouchers. They let me pay for a date, without making me eat Mi Goreng for the next week as a result.
Amigos is, without doubt, a perfect restaurant for a romantic evening. They have great ambience: dark wood and red highlights combine to make flattering lights, and a warm feel. The tables are spaced far enough apart that you don't bump elbows, and even seated near the door to the restaurant, we didn't feel interrupted (or cold).
They have an extensive bar, with hundreds of bottles including an impressive array of tequila. The sangria we were served was tasty, although made with a little too much juice, and not quite enough wine in my opinion.
Amigos serves traditional Mexican food with a modern feel. Unlike the ever present Taco Bills, Amigo serves food made from quality, fresh ingredients, that's still delicious. We ordered a main each, and were both well and truly full afterward. My chicken burrito was tasty, tangy and oozed just like a burrito should. My only complaint is that it was too big for me to finish on my own.
My date's beef fajita's were impressive. The salad plate was pretty standard, and the bread brought was probably on the stingy side. However, the sizzling hot-plate that the meat was served on more than made up for any lack. The steam made it impossible to get a good photo initially, and by the time the steaming had stopped, most of the food was in our bellies.
The steam from the hot plate made it hard to take a good photo. You'll have to get some yourself.
We didn't feel hurried by the staff (a pretty common occurrence when you're at a restaurant with a voucher) despite it being a Friday night. They gave us a brief respite between dinner and dessert: Freshly fried churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
I really can't be objective about these. They were amazing. Hot, sweet, melt in your mouth dough, dipped in thick chocolate. Perfect at any time, but even more perfect for the end of a date if you're hoping to do a bit of teasing. You know what I mean ;)
All in all, the experience was one that I'll repeat, even if I have to pay full price ($20-30 per main meal) next time. With the restaurant easy to get to by tram, I highly recommend skipping the inner city traffic. We were 20 minutes late due to our searching for a park. Using public transport will also mean that you can try a few of their top notch tequilas.