Foodie Friday

Burrito master class with Chilango

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Words & Photos: @oliverinstead

Mexican has always been one of my favourite cuisines. Burritos, tostadas, guacamole, quesadillas, tacos, even some of the Tex-Mex stuff… you name it, I love it – in fact, it’s among my top three alongside Japanese and duh, Malaysian. So when I received an invitation to the VIP-only media night at Chilango, the newest burrito joint and possibly the most exciting in Manchester, I flipped.

 

We arrived at the restaurant and were soon greeted by Erik Partaker, the co-founder of the successful chain with 10 London restaurants under their belt. He briefly introduced us to the brand and sat us down to some fresh-out-the-oven vegetarian nachos – yum…

Chilango002If you read one of my previous reviews (here), you’d know that I love avocado and instantly I could taste the quality of the fruits that go into making the refreshing guacamole. Despite the nachos being meat-free, I was half stuffed after two mouthfuls. Little did I know, that was only the entrée…

 

The food – 10/10

Chilango003Everything is cooked on the premises, in their shiny £80,000 kitchen (no, I didn’t type one too many 0) except the beans which are done in an industrial pressure cooker at a centralised location, but don’t let that put you off, they’re delicious. I got to have an one-on-one burrito master class with the resident food expert, Carlos who lives and breathes Mexican food. To go with the beans, I chose the chunky prawns as my protein among many other add-ons amounting to one humongous burrito.

Chilango004Chilango005Sauce-wise, the Seven Brothers sauce is a must-try not only because it’s exclusive to the Manchester restaurant but it’s also very tasty – slightly tangy but not overpowering. It practically made my burrito, and ‘wrapped’ all the flavours together. Pun fully intended. 

 

The service – N/A

There was no service that evening but still I could sense that the staff are a bunch of genuinely nice people. According to the team, every member was carefully selected for their personality and it was obvious that they gel very much like a family.

 

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The vibe – 10/10

As Eric very accurately put, it’s vibrant. It lifts the mood up. Not unlike the other burrito bars, the decor in parts is modern but it also features some unusual Mexican details like the indoor shrine in the wall that is commonplace in Mexico as well as the colourful lucha libre mural smacked across an entire wall.

Chilango007 Chilango008Since the restaurant had yet to open for business, I didn’t get to enjoy the true feel of what it would be like during normal service hours but from what I could see of the place, it definitely sets itself apart from the competition, in an authentically tasteful way.

 

I didn’t want to give it a full mark but it would be unjust to score Chilango any less. My love for Mexican food may suggest I’m biased but I also pride myself on my honesty in my reviews and I have had burrito that was absolutely vile (in Singapore) so there’s that.

There are so many burrito places in town that one is spoilt for choice, but what makes Chilango stand out is definitely the sheer quality it delivers for what I think is an exceptionally reasonable price range. It’s a well-run business with a well thought out concept and I wish they do well in the city.  If you’re in Manchester, don’t forget to pop in to the restaurant on Oxford Street and say hi to the team. Check out their website here.

 

P/S Chilango officially opens today and they’re giving out free samples so why not get yourself down there and grab a burrito on the house?

 

Oliver ❤

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31 Comments

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    Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life
    April 22, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I love Mexican food too, this looks like a great place. I am in Manchester next weekend so I may have to check this out

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      Oliver
      April 22, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Yes, you need to go if you like Mexican food! You won’t regret it!

      Oliver x

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    MissPond
    April 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    What a great looking place- I LOVE Mexican food so will be checking this out! I was invited to this event too but already had plans, gutted to have missed out!

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      Oliver
      April 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      That’s a shame!! It was so much fun… I liked that they made it interactive so we actually got quite hands-on. Loved it.

      Oliver x

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    Lauren king
    April 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    This place looks so cool! Would love to try it when it opens!

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      Oliver
      April 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      It’s open today! And they’re giving away free food all day until 8 tonight! 😀

      Oliver x

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    Ana De- Jesus
    April 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I love Mexican food and even better is the cool wall art that reminds me of street art! I can’t believe they are giving free food away! If only I lived in Manchester!

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      Oliver
      April 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      The decor is really cool. The queue for food was already like a mile long 30 mins before they opened the door and people are still queuing now!!

      Oliver x

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    Karen
    April 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    oh, now I want a burrito for tea! I like the fact you got to masterclass it! A really honest review, you’ll have to go back undercover as Jo public to see what the vibe is indeed like!

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      Oliver
      April 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      I will, in disguise… lol No, I did get the sense that the staff are passionate about the food they serve and they love their workplace, which is so important! And trust me, I know because I just came out of the catering industry after 6 years! 😣

      Oliver x

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    Dean of Little Steps
    April 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    That looks like so much fun and looks like you’ve aced it too! 😉

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      Oliver
      April 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      I did receive some praise for mine… 😉

      Oliver x

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    Angela Milnes
    April 22, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    This does look very tasty and something I’d like to try when my tummy is ready for solid food again. Burritos are tasty and can be full of protein too!

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    samantha rickelton
    April 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I love how there seems to be lots of Mexican restaurants opening at the moment – one of my favourite types of food! I’m visiting Manchester this weekend so will keep it in mind x

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    Deborah Nicholas
    April 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Oh that looks delicious!!

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    Rhian Westbury
    April 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I absolutely love mexican food you can’t go wrong with burritos and tequila haha. Sounds like you had a fun night x

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

      We did have a brilliant night! I don’t drink so I’d be very happy with just a burrito ☺️

      Oliver x

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    Anca
    April 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. Those veggie nachos must be yummy.

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      I very much enjoyed the nachos. I didn’t think we were getting any more food so I just stuffed my face with them. Nice though!

      Oliver x

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    Rachel
    April 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Now if you can find a good Burrito then I am jealous!

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    Ickle Pickle
    April 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I have never visited a burrito restaurant! This place looks and sounds great – I love your review :) Kaz

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    Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels
    April 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this. I love Mexican food too, unfortunately no good Mexican restaurants near me though.

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      I’m lucky to live close to several burrito joints and a very good South American diner that I go to all the time. Just can’t stay away.

      Oliver x

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    Andrew James
    April 23, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I have literally never had mexican food in my life! i need to fix that some day haha

    http://www.beautyandtheboy.com

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      You do! I love big flavours and the occasional heat and spice so Mexican cuisine is perfect for me!

      Oliver x

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    Sarah | Sequin This
    April 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I thought I spotted you there! It was so good to see the passion they have clearly put into the business. The burritos were also SO GOOD. That guac…

    Sarah | Sequin This

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      Oliver
      April 24, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Oh haha! I actually got you in some of my pictures… only just realised when I was editing them! The guacamole was to die for!

      Oliver x

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    Amy Hunt
    April 25, 2016 at 10:55 am

    That place looks amazing, the food looks so crisp and flavorful and the guacamole really does look fresh, so bright!! Thanks for sharing, I have a burrito bar near me I’ve never thought to stop by, until now..

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    Anna Fraser
    April 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Oh, a man after my own heart – I LOVE tex-mex food. This restaurant looks lush.

    I’m loving your site too, Oliver. Super stylish!

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      Oliver
      April 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Anna! Glad you love the site as I do put a lot of efforts into building it so it’s nice to see the appreciation. 😘

      Oliver x

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    Amy Lyons
    May 17, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I love mexican food, mainly because the atmosphere of the restaurants is usually fantastic! This looks like somewhere I definitely need to visit!

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