Much as I respect and adore Trusted Places, the social networking site for cool venues to eat, drink and chill; but if I see another 4-5 stars review of Chilango, the newish Mexican fast food joint in the City, I'm going to declare that I'm the main subject in Edvard Munch's The Scream and I'll most definitely jump off the bridge from the same painting.
A majority of the reviews were based on invites to a Halloween '' Day of the Dead'' party at the said restaurant. Perhaps I'm hardly reticent with my concerns on a collective group of reviews that share the same consistent praises, the same spooky synchronic linguistics surrounding the excellence of the burrito and the venue unanimously elected as cool-dude funky (It reminds me more of a clean Burger King or 21st century Taco Bell). True I didn't sample any of the food on that night as I'd to rush back for a peasant's tea of haggis, but I did pay Chilango a visit last week and ordered myself a cheesy cochinito (shredded pork) burrito; it was stodgy, leaky, and very average tasting indeed. Why all that flippin' fuss? I know this may sound like a kick in the teeth, but KFC does a chicken wrap that shares the same pretension as the burrito found at Chilango.
Positively speaking, this Fleet Street restaurant could well be history in the making, akin to McDonald's first joint in San Bernardino in Claifornia. This is fast food (and it tastes manufactured) that's served and sold by a company that has aspirations of becoming a chain of' speedy gonzalez' Mexican food restaurants.
Second visit as of today (18/12/08)
Same findings, so nothing new.
142, Fleet Street
London EC4A 2BP