Restaurant review: Chiquito - A friendly place that has got what it Tex

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

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I t is home to all things TexMex - so as a lover of spicy food I was always going to find something to appreciate at Chiquito in Hampton.

As it happened I discovered there is a lot more to the place than taco shells, tortilla wraps and nachos.

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

It is certainly popular - as are all the eateries in that little enclave at Cygnet Park - and has a great, lively atmosphere which makes you feel very welcome.

The decor is appealing too, all rustic wood and some quirky touches here and there - all very warm and welcoming. And I do like the smells, sights and sounds from the open kitchen.

The menu was pretty much what I expected - filled potato skins, chicken wings, garlic bread featuring among the starters; barbecue ribs, skewered chicken, burgers and a whole lot more (seabass, salmon, cod) on the mains.

It was an old favourite for me first up - chilli poppers - and they didn’t disappoint. Nice and crispy coating, yummy hot cream cheese filling and delicious jalapenos, not to mention the sweet, sticky jalapeno jelly.

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

I followed that up, a tad too quickly as they pretty much arrived together, with chicken enchilada (£7.45) also from the lunch menu.

The chicken had a nice flavour even if it did lack spice or heat, but the cheese sauce and the tortillas were good as was the sweet tomato sauce topping and melted cheese.

The salad was sparse but fresh with a more than pleasant dressing.

Meanwhile Donna was raving about the Mexican marinated chicken skewer, served sizzling on a hot skillet from the main menu (£14.75). The meat was succulent, the onions and peppers retained a little crispness and again a very pleasing salad and corn on the cob.

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

Brad Barnes dines at Chiquito in Hampton

She was equally as enthusiastic about her dessert - chilli pineapple thins (£3.95) - three slices of pineapple coated with cinnamon and chilli, then baked in the oven and served with raspberries and vanilla ice cream. A great combination of flavours - and chilli in a dessert!

I wrapped up with churros (£4.95) a sort of long crisp doughnut, smothered in lovely cinnamon sugar, served with a couple of strawberries and a chocolate sauce dip.

I was also very impressed with the children’s offering - a good sized “pizza” - flour tortilla base with a tasty topping of tomato sauce and cheese and a little pot of salad.It came with a drink and dessert (£4.95).

My one grumble: I can take £3.95 for a pint of San Miguel, but £7.25 for a large glass of wine is disproportionate.

Venue: Chiquito, Phorpres Way, Hampton, Peterborough Telephone: 01733 898540

Brad’s rating: 7