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An unusual take on the burrito

Today is my birthday. So, due to my obsession with burritos for the last 5 months (the last 5 months in particular, anyway – we all know that I’ve been obsessed for more than just that amount of time!), my mum and Emma, one of my sisters, decided to make a burrito-themed dessert for me.

This was actually the most original dessert that I’ve ever  had, and it was beautiful! It looked just like a burrito on my plate, and had a dessert filling to replace every ingredient that would be in a normal burrito. It suffices to say that I was (and still am) more than a little impressed with this dessert.

So, here’s what they did: They took pancakes to use as the tortilla wraps, and used melted chocolate instead of beans. In place of rice there was vanilla ice-cream and brownies were used in the place of meat. Instead of guacamole, they used mint chocolate-chip ice-cream, and some crushed cookies were used in the place of crushed tortilla chips. Jam was drizzled over the top like salsa, and I had some cream on the side, as a sour-cream equivalent. The dessert burritos were then frozen some more.

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Like I said, these were delicious. Obviously, I can’t rate them – it wouldn’t be fair to every other burrito that I’ve had; nobody could compete with this. Probably the most original burrito that I’ve ever had, that’s for sure! Hard to believe that this all started as a joke about how to make a dessert burrito, at the dinner table about 2 weeks ago, and Emma took notes and actually went and made them. I’m very impressed!

If every burrito bar in Dublin were to begin serving dessert burritos to go after their meals, I’d be a happy (and much, much fatter) man!

Simon, Simonazo

A while back, after my first review of Café Azteca, the owner got in touch with me on Facebook – I was really impressed at how quickly he figured out who I am. He had an idea, which he proposed to me: I’d tell him what’s in my ideal burrito, and he’d make it. If I liked it, he’d put it on the menu.

So the day came, today, when my burrito was ready to try. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while – and the fact that it came the day before my exams begin is a good sign for me, right? Café Azteca have decided to call this burrito Simon, Simonazo, in my honour (my name is Simon for anybody who doesn’t know).

The phrase Simon, Simonazo has a meaning in the Spanish language, as well, so the owner was telling me. ‘Si’ means yes, in Spanish, and ‘Simon, Simonazo’ means a very positive ‘yes, of course, absolutely’. The ‘-azo’ part of the word ‘Simonazo’ also means to hit – ‘Simonazo’ means to hit Simon, from my understanding. He wasn’t being violent here, he was describing the burrito as something that stands out, that will strike you as being different. I quite like it!

Aside from having a good discussion on Mexican food culture with the owner of Café Azteca, I ate my burrito too. My burrito consisted of thin pieces of beef steak, guacamole, Swiss cheese, pico de gallo, rice and refried beans. I came up with my own salsa to go with this burrito, as well – Azteca took their Omacatl Salsa and added pineapple and mango to it (among other ingredients). The owner added a few of his own touches to the salsa, too – there is fresh orange juice in it, plenty of garlic, some lime juice and some authentic Mexican ingredients which I can’t pronounce, let alone spell! There were eight habanero chillis in a batch of this salsa – I asked for something spicy and Azteca certainly delivered!

Omacatl is a deity in Mexican culture – he is the god of feasts and celebrations. It is said that anybody who dishonours Omacatl by not enjoying themselves during a celebration will be cursed. An apt name for a salsa, I think – if you don’t enjoy it, it becomes a curse.

So I’ll get down to what I thought of my burrito:

  • The consistency of this burrito was pretty good – the distribution of ingredients was, in classic Azteca form, spot on. On the outside, this was a crunchy and well-formed burrito, while the insides were soft and warm. It was very moist and a little bit messy – not bad though! Its toasting certainly helped to hold it together much better. (9/10)
  • As far as size goes, this was a decent sized burrito. I was getting full about two thirds of the way through it, and my hunger was well and truly satisfied when I was finished; this was a perfectly sized burrito for dinner. At around €7.50 for all of their burritos, Azteca are slightly more expensive than other restaurants, but you certainly can’t complain about the serving sizes that they dish out. (9/10)
  • The meat was absolutely beautiful – it was cut into nice sized flakes and marinated in chilli and lime, which gave it a good – no, scratch that, it had a GREAT –  fresh, citrusy, acidic flavour. It was perfectly cooked to how I like my beef cooked – still a little bit pink, but hot all the way through. Azteca clearly used good pieces of steak too – there was no fat to be found on it, and it was perfectly tender. (10/10)
  • The salsa was something that’s on a different scale to anything that I’ve had so far, in my quest for Dublin’s best burrito. In Azteca, the salsa is not put into the burrito, but the customer chooses how much they want to add. So when a small bowl of salsa was placed in front of me, I could smell it, and it smelled absolutely fantastic, and quite unusual. Upon tasting it, I noticed that it had a refreshing kind of flavour at first, followed by an intense, flavourful heat. And it was hot – not for somebody who can’t handle a good level of spiciness – with a long lasting heat. But the spice didn’t overpower the other flavours, which is something that the owner prides himself on. It was also a fruity and sweet salsa, despite the heat, and there were some fantastic chunks of pineapple through it, which gave it an amazing texture. I think I’ve found a winner for my favourite salsa of all time! (10/10)
  • I cannot find a single thing to complain about in the remaining ingredients, either: the rice is well cooked, nicely flavoured and there was some sweetcorn thrown through it, which was unexpected but certainly tasty. The guacamole was absolutely delicious, with just the perfect amount of citrus and salt to it – it was refreshing and cooling. The pico de gallo was, as Azteca always make it, very fresh and refreshing, with a nice herbal flavour to it, while the refried beans were pretty good too, and in just the right quantity. I agree with the owner that Swiss cheese goes very well with beef and with spicy food, although many people think otherwise – it added a nice smoky flavour to the background of the burrito, while melting perfectly throughout. (10/10)

So Café Azteca challenged me to come up with my perfect burrito, and helped me along the way with that, and those of you who are adding up the scores with see that this was as close to perfect as any burrito that I’ve had has come. A ridiculously high score of 48/50 – I genuinely don’t think that any burrito will beat this. I have a feeling that I’ve found Dublin’s best burrito, and that I have the honour of having it named after me!

  • Consistency & Texture: 9/10
  • Size: 9/10
  • Meat: 10/10
  • Salsa: 10/10
  • Rice & Other Ingredients: 10/10
  • Total Score: 48/50

Not Tiny Donkeys day

It’s Wednesday. And, since September (except over the holidays), that meant that it was Tiny Donkeys day. But when the college term ended, so too did the Tiny Donkeys. So now Wednesdays are a day where burrito tradition falls apart.

And that’s true, unless you’ve got Aidan to motivate you. Aidan decided that burrito Wednesdays would continue, at least during the study period, even if the Tiny Donkeys does not. And so, for dinner today, I ventured out of the quiet and air-conditioned ‘tranquillity’ of the Mechanical Engineering Department computer rooms with S-Dawg to meet Aidan and head off to the hustle and bustle of Tolteca, for our dinner.

And as it turns out, I’m very glad that I did this. I mean, more glad than I am any other time that I get a burrito, because, let’s face it, burritos are freakin’ awesome! I’m particularly glad this time, that I went for a burrito. Not that I ever considered saying no – as soon as Aidan mentioned it, I was raring to go.

The reason that I’m so glad that I went to get a burrito today is simple: I had the single largest burrito that I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that it was easily twice the size of a normal burrito from Tolteca – have a look at the photo. It was so big that it took two members of staff to wrap it. It was so big that the first tortilla broke and the staff had to add a second one around it. My burrito was as heavy as a newborn child.

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Seriously, look at it. It’s easily twice the size of S-Dawg’s ‘normal-sized’ burrito

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Here it is with Aidan’s phone, to give an idea of scale

I suppose that I should explain why my burrito was so big: I got almost everything that I possibly could in my burrito. And when the staff were adding the meat, there was a (very) large chunk that was all stuck together, so that was just added as it was. Between that and the extras that I asked for, this burrito had about the same diameter as my upper leg.

OK, so what I actually got in my burrito was: white rice, stir fried vegetables, barbacoa beef, pinto beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, guacamole and tortilla chips. In terms of salsa, I went for the hottest salsa on the menu. And so I’ll get to it:

  • Since I’ve already begun my rant on how large this burrito was, I think I’ll continue that, first. Like I said, it was fucking enormous (and at €7.50, the best value for money for any meal in town that I’ve ever had). I got about two thirds of the way through, and I was satisfyingly full – but I’d paid for it, so I was finishing it. I was beyond full towards the end, and it just seemed to go on forever and ever; it was an infinite burrito (infinito, as Aidan called it). The ingredient portions were enormous, and it’s the first time that I’ve ever seen a burrito double wrapped in tortillas. Since it took two members of staff to wrap it, I stopped the flow of customers for about 5 minutes (sorry!), and ended up being the most full that I’ve ever been after a burrito. Ever. I’m awarding it full marks, but that’s only because it’s not fair to award it anything higher – a 14/10 would be a more fair score, since it was about as big as two 7/10s. (10/10)
  • As is to be expected from a burrito of this magnitude (‘pop-pop’), this was a soggy and messy burrito. And it was very, very messy – the sogginess wasn’t too bad, it was more watery than I’d have liked, but I reckon that the torn tortilla was more of an issue than the water content. That said, it didn’t fall apart too badly until the end, which is probably thanks to the second tortilla. The distribution of ingredients was pretty good – not far off perfect, in fact. And the crunch from the veg and the tortilla chips was as beautiful as ever. (7/10)
  • I always struggle to choose between the barbacoa and the carnitas when I’m in Tolteca – both look absolutely fantastic, and taste even better. I reckon that I made the right move going for the barbacoa today, however, because it was moist, tender and had a lovely herbal, spiced flavour, with a slight barbecue hint to it. That said, it was a bit lumpy and stuck together quite badly – meaning that it was slightly difficult to take a bite from the burrito and not drag massive chunks of meat out. (8/10)
  • The salsa was very enjoyable today; it was nice and hot, with a great smoky flavour to it. It wasn’t overpowering in terms of heat, but rather added and complimented the flavours from everything else. That said, I always find it to be a bit heavy on the tomato flavour – it tends to mask the smokiness just a little bit too much. (8/10)
  • The rice was absolutely perfect, and (as always) so was the stir fried veg. The cheese was perfectly melted throughout the burrito, and the tortilla chips were (as they always are) a very nice touch of crunch. The guacamole was good – it had the perfect amount of citrus to it – but it could have done with some more salt. The pinto beans were a tad overcooked and a little bit stale – they tasted as though they’d been sitting there for a while. The pico de gallo, which is normally very tasty and refreshing, was a bit bland and watery; it was nearly all gone, so maybe it was just the end of the batch, since it’s normally much better. (8/10)

ImageI’m borderline in a food coma, sitting on my bed drinking a cup of tea now. I kind of hate myself, just for how much food I ate, but I’d be sickened with myself if I couldn’t finish it. I think it was a lose-lose situation for my self-respect! That said, Tolteca have done well out of it, scoring a whopper 41/50, which is the highest score that they have ever managed (and only 4 points off the top spot in Dublin). They are now tied, in fact, for the 5th best burrito that I’ve had in my quest for Dublin’s finest – not something to be ashamed of at all!

Now I think that I’ll lie down, watch some crappy TV and wait for the food coma to kick in. I’ll try to have another burrito before next Wednesday, but we’ll see how the study goes.

  • Consistency & Texture: 7/10
  • Size: 10/10
  • Meat: 8/10
  • Salsa: 8/10
  • Rice & Other Ingredients: 8/10
  • Total: 41/50

And the procrastination continues

My first study week is finished, and I’m on to the second one. It still doesn’t feel like the exams should be starting soon, but the improving weather will fix that… So, since exams are coming, I’ve been studying, and avoiding study when I can.

During one of my intense procrastination sessions, I found something that caught my attention as being ridiculously cool – as a fan of burritos and as an engineer. On this (http://design-milk.com/burritobot-the-tortilla-filling-3d-printer/) website, there is a  3D burrito printer, which is seriously unusual – rapid burrito prototyping. I really want to see a video of this in action!

I’ve also got something to look forward to after the exams, and that’s starting to feel real – I’m flying out to San Francisco at the end of May, and won’t be back until September. But fear not, California is the home of the burrito bar, so I’ll have to try and find the best burrito that San Fran has to offer, while I’m away.

Yesterday, Monday, some of the people from work organised another games night – Game of Thrones once again, which I maintain is the best board game on the planet. While I may not have won, there’s nothing wrong with coming third; thanks mostly to another player who knew that he had no chance of winning, and so he retreated, in the hopes of leading me to victory.

Since games night came after a long day of studying, I decided that a pre-game burrito was in order. I’d been feeling like taking a trip to Café Azteca once again – it’s been a while since I’ve been, and I’ve only been the one time. They deserved the opportunity to challenge Boojum, for usurping them from the highest rated burrito that I’ve found.

Once again, when I arrived, the restaurant was empty – bar the staff. I was the only customer there, until I’d finished my meal, so they’ll probably know exactly who I am, now! The staff are very friendly, and the manager (at least, I think he was the manager) was playing the flute along with the background music.

The burrito that I decided to go for was called the Toluqueno (and I hope that I didn’t embarrass myself trying to pronounce it, as I ordered it!). It consisted of rice, pico de gallo, refried beans, chorizo, Swiss cheese and chilli chipotle. It certainly stood out from the menu as being exactly what I was in the mood for.

ImageOnce again, when I got the burrito, it was presented absolutely beautifully. I’ve never seen a burrito restaurant put as much effort into the presentation as Azteca do – it really is stunning. It’s almost a shame to start eating it!

  • The first bite of my burrito was soft, smooth and warm – there was a crunch from the toasted tortilla on the outside, and the fillings were soft, perfectly moist and very evenly distributed. It was a somewhat messy burrito though – it has to be eaten with a fork and knife, although that does improve upon the messiness of the meal. My burrito was wrapped perfectly, so it held together very well as it was cut up, and the base was slightly thicker, so that the juices didn’t seep through; this prevented it falling apart. (9/10)
  • While Azteca may be slightly more expensive than other places (€7.50 for the burrito with another €1.50 for a drink), the size is far from something to complain about. It is a decent size, with generous (but not excessive) portions of all of the ingredients. I was starting to struggle about two thirds of the way through, but I persevered – and when finished, I was quite full (but not stuffed). (9/10)
  • The chorizo in this burrito was, without a doubt, the best chorizo that I’ve ever had – within or without of a burrito. It was cut into perfectly sized cubes, and was clearly some very good quality meat. There was a great herb and spice flavour off of it, and there is nothing whatsoever than I can complain about it. (10/10)
  • As with the last time I ate in Azteca, a bowl of tortilla chips was left at the table with salsa, prior to my ordering the burrito. This salsa was the salsa for the burrito – which I would add, to my own taste. So of course, I tried it on its own and within the burrito. On its own, the salsa was very hot, with a nice chilli and fruity kind of a flavour to it – and just a mild smokiness. The heat and the flavour seemed to last very well. When I added it to the burrito, it added fantastically to it in terms of flavour, although I think that the heat may have been too overpowering – it seemed to mask the flavours from the pico de gallo and the chorizo. (9/10)
  • The chilli chipotle tasted beautiful – it was smokey and slightly spicy, while the pico de gallo was  simple (but fresh), and very refreshing – it was quite cool, which the perfect amount of coriander. I found the rice a bit plain and undercooked (which was slightly disappointing), and there wasn’t enough of a portion of the refried beans, in my opinion. The cheese was quite tasty and perfectly melted – although it was a bit mild in flavour; a stronger flavour would have been nicer. (8/10)

ImageI think that there was one very disappointing thing about this burrito: once I’d finished it, I wished that I could have had more. It was seriously enjoyable, and (as the score shows) an incredibly good burrito. Azteca, given the opportunity, have managed to get the one-up on Boojum once again, getting a score of 45/50.

So that means that in two weeks, we’ve seen the top rated burrito bar in Dublin change twice – and I’ve only had two burritos in that time.

  • Consistency & Texture: 9/10
  • Size: 9/10
  • Meat: 10/10
  • Salsa: 9/10
  • Rice & Other Ingredients: 8/10
  • Total Score: 45/50

First week after lectures have finished

So lectures have finished for college for another year, and it’s now that dreaded three-week period between the end of term and the beginning of exams. That’s right, it’s time to panic about all the work that we haven’t done all year, and try to learn it all before the exams…

But before I could begin studying, I had one last piece of college work due, and it was due today. As a treat to myself for getting it finished and for being reasonably happy with the quality of the work, I decided to reward myself with a burrito. Well, I was going to go for a burrito today either way, but now I feel like I deserved it.

ImageIt’s been a very burrito kind of day for me; I woke up this morning craving a trip to Boojum, which is why I trekked there from college for my lunch. And then my dinner was some more burritos (not nearly as big, seeing as I had three of them!). It’s been a good day.

Like I said, I was craving a burrito from Boojum today, after a co-worker of mine ate a Boojum burrito at a board game night in front of us last night. On a side-note: the Game of Thrones board game might possibly be the best game I’ve ever played, and it’s totally worth the extravagant amount of money that it costs (or, it will be, once I get it).

So anyway, getting back to my burrito. I spent a few hours studying this morning, so I wanted to get out and stretch my legs anyway, so it really was the perfect day for me to want to go to Boojum. I seemed to get there at the perfect time, too: it wasn’t particularly busy, and I got a seat no problem. And as I left, the queue was out the door, and people were waiting for seats. I always seem to get lucky with my timing at arriving at Boojum.

For today’s burrito, I decided to get the Mexican rice, pinto beans and Carnitas (pulled pork) on a white tortilla. I got sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole, too. The salsa I went for was the salsa roja, the hottest that Boojum offer.

As usual, the staff were ridiculously friendly – like if I smiled like that all day, I’m pretty sure I’d be in pain. They are probably the friendliest staff in any burrito bar in Dublin, and if they’re not, I’ve not been to the burrito bar that does have the friendliest staff.

And now I’ll get on to my (very enjoyable) burrito:

  • I saw the server wrap my burrito, and I didn’t think that it was particularly well-wrapped; there was sauce spilling out, and I thought from that moment on that this was going to be a messy one. I was (somewhat) wrong, however – it didn’t fall apart until the last two or three mouthfuls. I mean, it was messy, but no more so than one would expect – the moisture level was perfect, and it wasn’t too sloppy. The ingredient distribution was absolutely fantastic, too. The one complaint I have was that the guacamole was quite cold, and that it cooled the burrito down very quickly. (8/10)
  • Like I said, I watched the servers make this burrito, and they laid the ingredients on in good, generous helpings. This was a large and well-packed burrito – it was about the size of an average-sized sleeping bag! About three quarters of the way through I began to struggle – it was a very large lunch, but it would have been ideal for dinner. I persevered, however, not being somebody to waste food. And at €7 for this, including a can of Coke, I can’t complain about anything to do with the size. (10/10)
  • The meat is the first thing that stood out to me in this burrito, which is quite unusual. The texture didn’t leap out as much as the meat seemed to – it was tender, nicely spiced and flavoured with a great cocktail of herbs. Not only this, but the meat was moist enough that it didn’t stick together in clumps (which is a problem that most burrito bars seem to have), while being dry enough to prevent a seriously sloppy burrito. Boojum hit the nail right on the head with their pork. (10/10)
  • I found the salsa reasonably hot, but not as hot as I’d expected from the hottest salsa on the menu. It was actually quite sweet in flavour too – and don’t get me wrong, that was very tasty and quite unexpected. That said, the flavour was quickly covered up by the rest of the flavours in the burrito – it would need to be a bit more outstanding to do well for Boojum. That said, there was a nice amount of heat from the salsa – enough that it was noticeable, but not so much that it made the rest of the burrito tasteless. (8/10)
  • As usual with Boojum, the rice was fantastic. I adore the Mexican rice, it’s just got such a good flavour. The guacamole was very good too (aside from the temperature), with just the right amount of salt and citrus. The pico de gallo was very fresh and tasty too, although just a little bit too much coriander for my liking. The pinto beans were perfect – they were soft and well-cooked. The cheese was not quite melted enough – toasting the burrito would have helped with that. And finally, I think that there was a little bit too much sour cream – any more and the burrito would have gotten seriously messy. (8/10)

ImageIf you’re adding them up in your head as you read this, then you’ll know just how significant a burrito that this was, in my quest to find the best burrito in Dublin. This has managed to beat Café Azteca by a single point, and become the best burrito that I’ve had so far, with a total score of 44/50.

And this is a well-deserved score; I very much enjoyed every last bite of it. I honestly didn’t think that anybody would manage to beat Azteca, but I have been proven wrong here.

  • Consistency & Texture: 8/10
  • Size: 10/10
  • Meat: 10/10
  • Salsa: 8/10
  • Rice & Other Ingredients: 8/10
  • Total Score: 44/50

The most rushed burrito I’ve ever eaten

Yesterday was Tiny Donkeys day, and it was the last show of the term. That means that there will be no more Tiny Donkeys until September… *tear* Needless to say, I got a burrito yesterday, as it would be a damn shame to miss out on traditions during the last week of term.

You may be wondering why I didn’t write about this particular burrito yesterday, and there are two reasons for that. First, I had a few beers in the radio station (after the burrito), and didn’t want my review to be skewed. The main reason, though, is that I just wasn’t bothered! I was just being lazy in my last week of college.

Like the title says, this was a very rushed burrito. The show was meant to start at 6pm, and at 5.55pm I was only ordering my burrito in Tolteca. So I took it to the studio with me, and ate it (and rated it) as we did the show. Needless to say, I did not have much input into the show while I ate.

Before I get to the burrito, I want to draw attention to something that Paraic made in honour of this blog. He made a gif of me eating a burrito (in case it doesn’t work on wordpress, here’s a link to it: http://i.imgur.com/Vq09GDP.gif)

ImageSo now that you’ve had a good laugh at my expense, I’ll get to the burrito.

ImageI went for the steak in my burrito yesterday, with brown rice, black beans, peppers, cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. I added guacamole and tortilla chips as extras, and went for the lightning chipotle salsa. The woman who made my burrito thought I was brave, going for their hottest salsa.

  • The first thing I noticed, while unwrapping the foil from my burrito, was that it was badly wrapped – some of the ingredients were falling out from the start. It did well, however, not to fall apart at all. As I ate it, there was none of the expected crunch from the tortilla chips, but the moisture level was absolutely perfect. The distribution was reasonable, although there were sections that were just rice and salsa. Towards the end, the burrito did get quite messy, however – I couldn’t touch anything in the studio until I’d washed my hands! (6/10)
  • In terms of size, this was a decent sized burrito. It was large and round, but quite squishy – it did compress quite a bit as I ate it, meaning it was not as big as it looked. There were reasonable helpings of everything in it, and I was quite full after. I wasn’t stuffed, so I’d say this would have suited lunch better than dinner. Still, for €6, that’s not bad!(8/10)
  • I’d heard so much good about the steak from Tolteca, and I was expecting something phenomenal. Truth be told, I was a little bit disappointed – the chunks of meat were a good size, and quite tasty, but the steak was overcooked, tough and a bit chewy. It could have been better, although I accept that steak is an expensive ingredient, making it more difficult to get good quality steak into a student-deal priced burrito. (7/10)
  • The heat from the salsa kind of crept up on me. My first bite was not all that hot, but as I chewed, it became hotter and hotter. Not unbearably hot, by my standards anyway, but noticeably hot. It was incredibly tasty, however! There was a great smoky, chipotle chili flavour from the salsa, which was absolutely phenomenal. It was just a little bit too bitter for my liking. (9/10)
  • The rice was quite tasty, but a bit plain. It also had a bit too much coriander in it, which was somewhat overpowering. The guacamole was pretty good, I can’t find anything to complain about it. The peppers were as good as always, and the chips were good, but could have done with more salt. The beans were a bit overcooked, if you ask me, and I found that there was not enough cheese. (8/10)

ImageSo you’ll see that my rushed burrito fared quite well, as Tolteca always seem to do. A solid score of 38/50 is nothing to be ashamed of!

  • Consistency & Texture: 6/10
  • Size: 8/10
  • Meat: 7/10
  • Salsa: 9/10
  • Rice & Other Ingredients: 8/10
  • Total Score: 38/50

The end of term is coming

I haven’t had a burrito since last Wedesday, mostly because of work and the long weekend. So I decided that today was a day for a burrito, to make up for it. And let’s face it, I’ve been craving a burrito. And with the college term ending this week, and exams beginning in the next month or so, the opportunities for burritos may be diminishing…

It’s been a while since I ventured away from the burrito bars in the exact vicinity of Trinity, so I decided that today would be a good day to walk up to North Earl Street, and to give Saburritos another go. So when I decided that I was hungry and looking for dinner, that’s what I did.

ImageUpon arriving in Saburritos, I realised that I couldn’t remember what ingredients I’d had there before, and what I was yet to try… So I quickly panicked at trying to figure out what I should try, before I realised that it didn’t matter too much, because I was still unlikely to have an identical burrito experience. The one thing that I was certain about, however, was that I’d not yet had the chicken…

And that made my first decision easier; the meat in today’s burrito was to be chicken. I decided on refried beans and Spanish rice to go with that. I went for the salsa verde (green chilli salsa, which is rated three chillis). I got peppers, cheese and lettuce in my burrito too. I decided that I wanted some extras, so I added guacamole and pico de gallo to my burrito – I was pretty hungry, and they looked tasty.

ImageSo I’ll get to business quickly, this time, and let you know exactly what I thought of my burrito:

  • My first bite implied that this burrito was going to be quite good, in terms of consistency. There was a nice crunch of lettuce and peppers, and the burrito was moist but not too sloppy. The ingredients seemed to be reasonably well distributed – in layers around the circumference of the burrito, from the outside in. It’s just a pity that my first impression was not true for the rest of the burrito; it became very messy and sloppy, and completely fell apart about two thirds of the way through. There was a lot of water or juice from the ingredients in it, which seemed to seep through the tortilla, which is probably why it fell apart. (6/10)
  • As soon as I saw my burrito, I knew it was going to be filling. It was large, round and well-packed with some reasonably generous helpings. When I finished it, I was quite full, but having been starving going in, I wasn’t stuffed. About fifteen minutes after finishing, however, I was feeling more and more full, so it was probably a very decent sized burrito for dinner. That said, with the additional ingredients, it was quite expensive… (€8.85, including a can of Coke) (8/10)
  • The chicken was absolutely fantastic! Saburritos have their own secret recipe, which tastes  like it might have some Cajun spices in it, but I’m not quite sure. Either way, that, coupled with the quality pieces of chicken breast, cut into perfect sized pieces, makes for a very enjoyable meal. My description of the chicken just doesn’t do it justice (10/10)
  • Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with the salsa today. It was mild enough, with just a little bit of background heat, a little bit of a green chilli flavour, but really nothing very special. Like I said, quite disappointing… (4/10)
  • The rice was good, there was a nice flavour from it, and the same can be said for the guacamole – although it could have done with some salt and a bit more lime juice. The lettuce was quite good, as was the cheese, although there wasn’t enough of that. The pico de gallo was fine, but a bit bland (nothing outstanding), while the peppers were very disappointing: they were cold and dry, and tasted like they’d been sitting there all day. (6/10)

So you’ll see that this burrito, while being grand, was no better than average. It really had so much more potential, when the chicken is taken into account… A score of 34/50 may not be much worse than the last time I was there, but this burrito could have been so much better.

  • Consistency & Texture: 6/10
  • Size: 8/10
  • Meat: 10/10
  • Salsa: 4/10
  • Rice & Other Ingredients: 6/10
  • Total Score: 34/50
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