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Published May 8th 2013
Do you miss Mexico a little?
Mexico - Original Home of the Burrito
Next door to my favourite Indian Restaurant in the south of Adelaide is Arriba Grill. It opened its Cumberland Park store around a year ago, and has become a very popular place as SA enjoys its love affair with Mexican food. Part of a growing chain of stores, Arriba Grill's focus is burritos - made fresh as you wait, with only organic ingredients, and they cater for vegetarians too.
While I'm no stranger to Mexican food, I can't remember the last time I ate a burrito. Probably when I was in Mexico City some years back. So it was with a little trepidation that I approached my first recent burrito experience.
I needn't have worried though, as the process is as simple as 1,2,3: 1. Pick up order form and tick what you would like in your burrito 2. Wait while your food is prepared 3. Eat hungrily
The friendly staff member was helpful and explained lots: the pinto beans are cooked with bacon, lime rice comes with coriander for an added zing, and the details on the choice of wraps - or a bowl if you prefer.
It was particularly pleasing to be told (without asking) that a smaller version is available for half price, as I usually have a modest appetite. I had read other people say that the full size burrito is a bit of a handful too, so that won a big tick from me.
In my case, the wait was very brief. The wrap was warmed, food inserted, and package wrapped in a couple of minutes. (Chicken with lime rice, medium tomato, cheese and lettuce in a wheat wrap).
There are clean tables available (and cool drinks including Corona beer) if you wish to eat in, but I shot home to sample mine. I had seen a few comments that people were disappointed because the burritos were cold, so I wasn't sure what to expect.
The aluminium wrapping was still warm when I opened it, so I think that's pretty much how it's meant to be. After all, half the ingredients are refrigerated so you won't get the same experience as a hot yiros. The burrito temperature wasn't too cold for me, even on a winter day.
There was a great combination of flavours, just enough chilli for my taste, and the smaller size meant I didn't get it all over my face as I bit into it. I enjoyed the mix, and didn't feel as though any one ingredient predominated too much.
Arriba Grill have been listening to their fans and have introduced tacos too! It's perfect for people with a smaller appetite, or if you want to try a variety of filling flavours by having more than one.
The tacos cost $5 each and are gluten free as they are made with white corn.
I tried a chicken taco, which came wrapped in a taco shell which was slightly soft, yet still crunchy to bite on. The chicken was tasty, although I felt the rice to be a bit bland this time - I couldn't discern any lime or coriander flavour. My other filling choices were tomato (which came rather sparingly), lettuce, and cheese.
In hindsight I regretted not ordering a bit of chilli too, which would have given it the right amount of zing, but the taco was just what I needed for a lunchtime snack. I'll be back for more!