Eating out is one of life’s great joys but occasionally, I find myself in a restaurant which I just don’t feel comfortable in. Either, I’m not cool enough or too old or perhaps want more from a dining experience but DF Mexico in the Old Truman Brewery just didn’t float my boat.
And it was a huge shame as the food is excellent! But let me explain, I arrived with one of my best girlfriends bent on putting the world to rights over a bottle of wine into an industrial space with a hint of Mexico. A bit bright and shiny but I had had a day when I needed to escape from harsh light [which weirdly didn't help the photos] so it wasn’t their fault.
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We were seated within 2 minutes and then the dreaded question came – ‘Have you eaten here before?’ Personally, I find that this never bodes well [unless it is at the temple of Nandos] but we both shook our heads and enquired what we needed to do. It was 8:30 and I would have done the chicken dance if they promised to feed me.
We were instructed to look at the menus, remember our table number, trot to the bar over there [wave of the hand], order and pick up our drinks before awaiting our food. Okay! A bit complex after a long day but we both decided to put our big girl pants on and deal.
The very well-priced menu ranges from Mexican standards such as tacos to burritos to tortas to grills and salads – o glory be, something I can eat and enjoy! The wine list has red, white or pink as an option plus a selection of Mexican drinks, beers and margaritas.
Getting up to order, I found the counter bare of humanity and faced using the automatic touch screen system. The fear set in! Had I tapped something too hard? What did they mean do you want to make the Burrito Mexican? I can be a bit of a techno-phobe but I do prefer ordering from a real live person rather than fighting with a machine.
Order placed, the nice man behind the bar asked me if I needed help and then handed me a bottle of well-priced white Pino Grigo which was actually really rather nice. We had gone with Guacamole and Tortilla [blue and white] chips to start and it didn’t disappoint – although a little salsa might have been nice.
The veggie burrito [Roasted vegetables. Habanero and pumpkin seed mayo] arrived shortly after and my friend said it was really good. In fact, she was delighted with the vegetarian offerings and did have a moment of menu paralysis as she contemplated numerous choices.
My steak arrived [I wasn’t asked how I wanted it done but it was nicely medium rare] with chilli fries and a pot of Chipotle hibiscus salsa. The salsa was a revelation and I WANTED MORE as the portion was a little small for my portion of chips.
Having set the world to rights [and potentially blocked a table for a bit], we wandered off into the night, full of glorious food and annoyed that we had chosen a fast-food restaurant for a slow-food catch up. Don’t get me wrong, if I needed a quick meal, I would go again but it probably isn’t the place to solve the worlds problems.
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