Chiquito is a Mexican family restaurant situated 3.4 miles outside of Newcastle upon Tyne in the world famous Metro Centre, Gateshead. There is a large range of food served from Salads, steaks, burgers and wraps all with a Mexican twist. Prices for a main course start from £6.49.
Lunch time specials are available from 11am – 5pm at £5.99 for one course to £9.99 for 3 courses.
On first impression the restaurant was clean and welcoming, Mini Gourmand loved the décor and Mexican music that was playing. During our visit a member of staff was off sick causing a 30 minute wait for a table.
While we perused the menu we were presented with Chips and dips and our drinks order was taken.
The lunch menu consisted of a good range of 8 starters and over 30 main courses, the variety was huge so we were glad that it took the waitress a little longer than usual to take our order.
Mr Gourmand chose Chilli Poppers to start which were three breaded Jalapenos filled with cream cheese served with a chilli jelly. They were presented beautifully with a small salad garnish including a slice of chilli for a bit of extra heat. He enjoyed the meal so much as I thought he was going to request a fourth!
I opted for Mushrooms con Queso which were mushrooms baked with garlic, cheese and tomato sauce served with a flatbread. The mushrooms were delicious and I was glad Mini Gourmand didn’t like mushrooms as it was bad enough having to stop Mr Gourmands fork stabbing at my plate.
Mini Gourmand had the spiced beef chilli tacos with a side order of fries for her main course which came with lettuce, cucumber, grated cheese and Mexican spiced rice. They were demolished rather quickly and she even thought they were better than mums!
Mr Gourmand chose the Chiq chiq Chicken with Louisiana hot sauce Mexican style which came with green rice, Mexican spiced rice and black bean & sweetcorn salsa.
I picked the Grilled Chicken Burger which was served in a soft white bun with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, red onion and relish served with skin on fries. In my opinion the fries were a little bland and I probably would have preferred the same rice that Mr gourmand had with his meal instead. The chicken was moist and went very well with the salad and relish.
All meals were presented well and were a good size, for a Mexican restaurant the flavours of the main courses were a little bland but the ingredients used seemed to be of a high quality and tasted very fresh.
I finished off my meal with Churros with are fried dough dusted with cinnamon sugar, these were served with a chocolate dipping sauce. The Gourmands all agree that Churros are delicious even though they probably contain a million calories!
Mr Gourmand picked the Banoffee Toffee mini shot dessert which was the perfect size for a man who polished off half of my starter, the leftovers of my main course and half of my dessert!
Mini gourmand had the cookie cup ice cream which was a warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce which she described as divine!
A three course meal for £9.99 in the Gourmand opinion is reasonable value for the Metro Centre. As a family we probably would eat here again as the novelty adds to the experience.
The total bill came to £27.26 for 2 adults 3 course meals, a childs 2 course meal, a side order of fries and 3 drinks.
Chiquito The Blue Mall, Metro Centre,Gateshead