I don't have a problem with coffee, I have a problem without it. And, I follow a strict diet resembling an unsupervised child at a birthday party - but I prefer the socially-accepted term "foodie". Hold on, I'm eating!! IG @perthscrazycoffeelady
Published May 24th 2016
"Started from the border, now we're here", they say...
From the minute you walk in the doors at Chiqui's Tapas and Tequila, you feel a homely vibe from the friendly chatter, the inviting couches and the mood music. Most notable about this place is the unrivaled atmosphere being dark and mysterious with loud, exuberant artwork plastered over the walls. Everywhere you look, there's something different to take in.
Business as usual - double order of the Jalapeño Poppers, straight up! Having tried my hand at making these spicy devils myself, I appreciate the effort it takes to make these little babies so amazing. Chiqui's serve their version with the jalapenos stuffed to the brim with con queso cheese and chorizo, battered in a crunchy crumb and served with sour cream. These definitely aren't for the faint-hearted, as even the whole saucer of cream won't hide the kick from the chili!
If I were a stickler, I'd point out that tacos don't *technically* qualify as a main dish in Mexico, instead they are types of 'antojitos' which are Mexican street foods (literally "little cravings"). In saying that, it's no secret that the stereotypical Western versions of Mexican food are a far cry from that of local Mexican cuisine, and so, I ordered them anyway lest getting caught up in technicalities – all that matters was that they were delicious!
We had a chuckle when the waitperson assumed mine was the pink one... Nope, that belonged to my husband!
The offering of Jarritos Mexican Sodas was simply adorable (their range can be found here). What makes these beverages exceptional is the sourcing of fruit from the cream of the crop in Mexico – for example, my husband's guava flavour contained fruit sourced from Calvillo, Aguascalientes in Mexico which is renowned for being the guava capital of the world.
For desserts, we chose Churros and Dessert Nachos which were served with chocolate dipping sauce, agave nectar and sliced strawberries. I loved the hands-on aspect of the nachos which you don't often get with desserts, and found the whole experience really enjoyable. I can see myself coming back for that dish alone.
If you're quick, you might still catch the Groupon deal available via this link offering vouchers ($20.00 cost for $40.00 value for two people). I had accidentally purchased the $40.00 cost for $80.00 value voucher not realising it was only valid for groups of four people, but the owner graciously forgave the error and accepted it anyway. So in total we scored two entrees, two mains, two drinks, and two desserts for $40 - pretty incredible deal if you ask me!
On a scale of Zambreros to Panchos, I'd place them somewhere in the middle – they're a much better casual alternative to takeaway and they keep their food simplistic, cheap and cheerful. They offer a wide range of specials including:
Soft Taco Tuesday - $2 tacos!
Hump Day Mex Way - $15 Nachos & Beverage
Traditional Thursdays - $30 for 3 tequilas (with orange, cinnamon, tomato juice) and chips