Just when you thought you were getting sick of all the Mexican restaurants popping up around Adelaide out of nowhere, along comes the Beach Burrito Company packed with sass and swag, ready to make your Mexican dining decision ten times harder.
Yes I did just use the word swag to describe a restaurant because that is exactly the vibe I got when I walked past it a couple of days, completely unaware of its existence until that moment. With a stylish façade that screamed, "I'm hip," and looking a little bit like Little Miss Mexico, I was intrigued to find out whether their food tasted good or if it was just another case of meeting an attractive hipster that has zero personality.
The Verdict: Set up in a perfect location on Jetty Road Glenelg, I predict Beach Burrito Company is going to be a popular location for those lazy Sunday sessions down the Bay.
Spread out over two floors, the restaurant tries to encompass a mid-century beach house atmosphere. The ground floor has a bar and kitchen area with surrounding chairs and tables. There's casual seating at the front or booths up the back. This gives you the option of walking in for a quick taco or kicking back in the booths with a burrito and sangria. The upstairs area also has a bar area which is surrounded by bench stools and tables.
There are two balconies that look over Jetty Road, perfect for perving on beach goers in summer. I think this area is more for those looking to spend the afternoon/night there drinking the delicious cocktails on offer. It also looks like a great spot for parties or functions, which their website tells me you can in fact hire the space for. Not sure about the price though.
The service was excellent. The staff were very laid back and helpful, and were patient with my indecision. They made us feel very comfortable, almost like we were all friends just hanging out. Although in saying that, my friend and I were there late on a Monday night and there weren't many customers, which could be why it felt like this. But either way, they were lovely.
Now for the important part - the food. The menu has all your traditional Mexican options; chimichangas, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadilla, taquitos, nachos, churros, salads and, of course, burritos. Three tacos costs $14.95, which is almost on par with the competitions prices. However most of the other meals range from $15-$21, which I thought was a bit pricey.
In saying that though, the servings were generous. I ordered the chilli con carne fajita ($19.95) and I almost couldn't finish it. The fajita was topped with spicy salsa and cheese and accompanied by corn chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. My favourite part about the dish was the corn chips and the dips. They were absolutely delicious. The fajita was nice, not amazingly mouth-watering, but nice. It was also fairly spicy, which the checkout operator had told me it would be.
My friend ordered the chipotle chicken fajita and described it as "spicy but flavoursome." Overall the food was good. In comparison to other Mexican restaurants, such as Montezuma's or Zapata's, I'd say the food was better. However Zambreros still wins out over all of them, food wise.
There is also an extensive drinks list filled with cocktails, buckets of beer and sangria. I watched enviously as the girls next to us sipped on their cocktails which looked delicious (I was driving so couldn't drink). They also ordered the Burrito Bowl, which is like a burrito salad, and it looked big and delicious. Next time I go there I will be ordering that.
And yes I will definitely be visiting again. As mentioned, the prices are a bit steep but the food is good quality and the atmosphere is nice. I think this is exactly the type of restaurant Glenelg needed, a mix between fiesta and casual. Like I said, perfect place for a Sunday sesh in summer. After all who doesn't love the beach and burritos?
Note: To celebrate the opening of the restaurant they are having a Grand Fiesta, with a barbershop squad, free Day of the Dead face painting, DJs and drink specials. The event kicks off January 17th at 6pm.
For Sunday brunch, no coffee to start. The artwork on the menu looks fun, but the fare was very ordinary. Fajitas with chipotle chicken lacked chicken and identifiable chipotle. The tostadas were over cooked and oily. Disappointing as Mexican food is so right for our SA climate. Thankfully we have some other fine Mex restaurants around Adelaide that serve great food.