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Review – Chiquito Restaurant (New Menu)

20 Feb

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I was recently sent a voucher to give the new menu at Chiquito a try.

The thing was I had to agree to take another adult with me. What you mean not the kids? Well… Bring it on baby.

I needed a child free night and this would be my perfect excuse for an escape plan.

So me and my little sister hit the Chiquito located at the O2 London. I’d never been to this Mexican Grill before but being a lover of Mexican food I was looking forward to it.

We both found the restaurant lovely. Its located just outside the O2 and can be found with ease.

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Inside we discovered there was both an upstairs and downstairs eating area with a big bar serving up the yummiest cocktails. We chose to sit downstairs as it was late so rather quite. I love how you can see the chiefs cooking up a feast in the kitchen, and our order didn’t take long at all.

I ordered a Sizzler the Mexican Chicken Skewer (succulent chicken breast grilled on a skewer with mixed peppers and served over sizzling fajita vegetables). The meal comes on a hot plate so its actually still cooking as it arrives. I opted to replace my chips or wedges with a salad (dieting) and found my order to be extremely enjoyable.

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My sister was a tad more adventures than normal (yes she seems to always order a burger) this time she went with
‘The Border’ (strips of crispy southern fried chicken, lettuce, ranch dressing and smoky BBQ sauce wrapped and baked in a flour tortilla). She didn’t leave nothing but a couple of chips that come as a side so my guess is she liked it!

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I had a feeling the mains were going to be generous in size and not wanting to spoil my main we both decided to skip the starters. We were right to as following the huge main course we couldn’t even fit in the pudding. We did however grab a slice of strawberry cheese cake that my sister took back for mum. Lets just say she didn’t share it!

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One thing we did purchase additional to the main meal was that of a pitcher (Yes… Pitcher) of Sex on the Beach. For £17 you get 6 glasses of cocktail in the one pitcher so its fantastic value as most cocktails are priced at over £7 each.

We really enjoyed our meal at Chiquito we also really loved the decor we were dinning in! Seriously check out the fabulous upcycled beer bottle light shade.

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They even had this fab table leg shabby chic mirror in the ladies… Awesome don’t you think!

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Other delicious dishes on the new menu that may tempt you are the Goats’ Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Salad, Blackened Salmon and Jambalaya or one of the Chiquito sharing platters.

The new menu is ideal to enjoy for a date night or just a good night out with friends, as even parents need nights off once in a while!

What does your cocktail choice say about you

19 Nov

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I seriously love eating at frankie and bennys. I’m addicted to their famous spaghetti and meatballs and think the desserts are to die for!

I recently took my younger sister along to the one in Greenwich London, for a cocktail tasting season (well, that and some spaghetti and meatballs of course)!

As always both the food and service was spot on. We had a starter of warm dough sticks with garlic butter (tastes great but be warned it sticks to the hips). And as mentioned a oversized plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

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Now, as lovely as the desserts are, with our tummies fit to burst we had to take a rain check. However, we did enjoy some rather fabulous cocktails before, during and after the meal… I know we kinda drunk like fish.

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Then again this is why we were here! Frankie & Benny’s has launched its new cocktail menu with the aim to encourage mums to take time out and sip on a delicious cocktail.

Personally, I just love the Appletini
Which is said to be a fun and flirty cocktail that is perfect for ladies who just want to have fun… And boy did I need some of that. The Appletini is Packed with Eristoff vodka, pressed apple juice and gingerbread syrup. This was a seriously tasty cocktail.

I also tried a number if others from the new cocktail menu. The Cosmopolitan again was fabulous, though I wasn’t that keen on the mojito which I used to love drinking when in Spain. I think this was because I could taste the tonic water which I don’t really like so this one was definitely my least favourite.

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So…. What does your cocktail of choice say about you?

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Mojito
Ladies who can’t resist a bit of spice will love this cool Cuban cocktail. Made with fresh lime, mint and sugar, plus a generous splash of Bacardi rum, a mojito drinker is sure to be the first on the dance floor, ready to spice up any night.

Appletini
This fun and flirty drink is perfect for ladies who just want to have fun. Packed with Eristoff vodka, pressed apple juice and gingerbread syrup, this delightful drink is sure to get the party started.

Cosmopolitan
A sexy and sassy Cosmopolitan is a great choice for those who like to keep it classic. This zingy and zesty drink comprises vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice creating a cool and crisp taste. Cosmo ladies love a bit of city glamour and always paint the town pink.

Classic Sour
For ladies who like to be adventurous, this quirky cocktail is available with Jack Daniels, Amaretto or Midori and finished with fresh lemon juice, egg whites for added smooth and is topped off with sugar. It’s the ideal choice for someone who likes to stand out from the crowd.

Espresso Martini
This rich and sumptuous drink is ideal for ladies looking for a classic cocktail with a twist. Fresh espresso teamed with vodka and a coffee liqueur offers an instant caffeine hit, a brilliant blend for any modern mum who is in need of a pick-me-up!

Gentle Breeze
A delicious non-alcoholic cocktail for those who like to behave rather than rave! This drink combines a delicious blend of apple juice, cranberry and citrus juices and is served over ice, offering the designated driver something delightful to sip on.

Bramble
For ladies with a mysterious edge, this deliciously dark cocktail is a tasty mix of Bombay Sapphire gin and black raspberry liqueur. An added kick of fresh lemon means this drink really packs a punch.

Well, given I’m more of a Appletini & Cosmopolitan kinda girl… Its said that my chosen cocktail makes me a lady who is crying out to have some fun and is up for painting the town pink! I gotta hand it to frankie & Bennys, I make them right!

For more information on the new Frankie & Benny’s cocktail menu please click HERE

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