Enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, cocktails and Latin music - this place has just about everything authentically Mexican you can think of. The restaurant ... More
Enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, cocktails and Latin music - this place has just about everything authentically Mexican you can think of. The restaurant is one of Edinburgh's oldest providers of this type of cuisine, and gives a warm welcome with its bright, bold decor and loads of colourful Latin American ephemera dotted around. All that combined with the reasonably priced, tasty menu and efficient service, makes for a buzzing, enjoyable atmosphere - in fact, most of the punters leave here feeling full of beans.
I went along with two friends of mine and I think it would be fair to say that we collectively had a dreadful experience. The food was bland, mean portions, over priced drinks and the staff were uninterested and uncaring. In fact what we got for our main courses did not reflect the menu descriptions. For Mexican food this really was just banal sludge. Don’t be fooled!
For aficionados of Mexican food,the restaurant oozes memories of Mejico tipico! Its a tiny yet cozy place serving mouth watering tasty treats,a far cry from the bland that is the norm of the bonnie Scotland brand of eats. Honestly!
Another Mexican cafe worth visiting as well is "PANCHO VILLA" on the Royal Mile,across from Tollbooth museum. The menu is quite extensive,from average to pricey,it serves all the traditional antojito
favorites;guacamole,chipolte sauces,rice and refried beans, jalapeno peppers,
carne asada,queso fundido,
mole poblano,nachos,wings,sopas,albondigas and an all time favorite--enchiladas suizas.It also has a vegetarian slant to some of its entrees.OLE!
Booked here because our usual mexican had no tables left.
Saturday evening phoned & booked table 20 minutes before we arrived.Now I know why!
Staff were not very friendly on arrival.
Ordered Nachos for 2 to share, arrived on a saucer size plate. approx 10 nachos with tastless melted cheese.
Nearly thimble sized bowl full of Sour cream & tinned? Salsa.
I had mixed chicken/steak Fajita..... 3 strips of chicken & 4 strips of Minute steak, 5 Pieces of pepper & made up with onions, according to the menu its meant to arrive `Sizzelling` no sign of any!
Tortillas were the size of a saucer!
The Mrs had Chicken Chimichanga. with mex rice & dry refried beans. no salad /salsa. inside was very dry, no sign of any sauce etc.
Asked for the bill, waiter took cash away & asked `do you want your change`. yes please! as we were leaving not one member of 6 staff we passed even acknowledged us.
Wont be back!
I was very disappointed with the food at Viva Mexico. Why? Because it had obviously been reheated. How do I know? Well, first of all it took less than 5 mins between the waitress taking our order and the food being served. And second, the plates were steaming hot and the beans were completely dried up, just as you'd expect when food comes out of a microwave. The "chef" didn't even bother giving the beans a quick stir to make it look fresh.
I concur to a complaint made by another reviewer about the service. While the waitresses were generally friendly, they appeared over-worked and never once asked whether we wanted any more drinks despite us sitting with empty glasses for some time.
The bathroom facilities were appaling, and I resorted to using the ones in the train station later on.
With the exception of the friendly but over-worked waitresses and decent decorations, it was a very disappointing experience. Considering that each meal cost us approx 10 Pounds (20 dollars), it was definitely not worth it.
Had heard this place had a good write up.... not the night we went. On arrival the waiter showed us to our table, gave us menus and then left us for about 20 minutes without offering any drinks or anything. They came back to take order and along with our bottle wine arrived within 10-15 mins, we were never once approached to ask if we were enjoying our meal or even after we finished. We wont be back.......very disappointed.
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