Saturday, 11th July 2020

This Month's Magazine
 Mexican Restaurant in Manilva - El Gringo

Mexican Restaurant in Manilva - El Gringo

Closed due to change of ownership?

The food reviews are not advertisements. We pay for the meal and we comment and give points as honestly as we can for the benefit of readers. The points relate to quality and price according to the standard of the restaurant. We try to visit only restaurants which we believe are worth reporting on. The food testing team includes Web Express Guide clients and readers who wish to join in and get to meet each other.

*Price Code (including. drinks): L = 15 - 30 Euros M = 30 - 60 Euros H = 50 – 100+ Euros
*FBA = First Bite Appeal.
*Dress Code: CC = Casual Comfortable SC = Smart Casual F = Formal


We were very pleased to hear that at last a decent Mexican Restaurant opened in the Duquesa area, so we just had to go there and try it. The idea of the three course meal with a choice of starters, main course and desserts seemed to go down well on our last mission, therefore we did the same this time making sure that the selection on offer catered for most tastes.

It is not a large restaurant but it is very well set up with its dining areas on the terrace outside and in the dining room inside and a comfortable relaxing bar and waiting area upstairs. We found that it was most welcoming and certainly very Mexican in its décor, starting with the “Mejicano” at the door who did not answer our questions for being a mannequin. Everyone felt at ease and the ‘margaritas’ certainly helped to warm up the ambience and get everyone going before the meal.

The Staff
We found the staff to be friendly and most helpful. We were warmly welcomed from the moment we arrived, their objective was clearly to please customers without falling all over them, which is how it should be. Bearing in mind that we certainly created a heavy workload in addition to their usual diners, I think they have done remarkably well. The personalised printed menu with our choice of dishes was well received so I think we shall continue adopting it.

The Wine List
We found that the house red was a very good choice. Of course white and rosé are also available and they are all available by the glass too. Bearing in mind that this is a Mexican restaurant, one should make the most of the Mojitos and cocktails that are available and very delicious too.

The Menu
menu is quite comprehensive and well enough explained for those who are not too familiar with Mexican food. Any “hot” dishes are well market with red peppers to show the level of spicing. The menu does also offer some more familiar dishes should someone require this in preference, though, quite frankly, the Mexican dishes are delicious and we should have kept our own menu to Mexican only.



Egg Ranchero
Consisting of two eggs baked in a pot with Mexican sauce and topped with jack cheese. When I saw it I wished Ihad ordered it for myself. It lookedvery, very appetising and those who selected this starter certainly stated it was fantastic.

Gambas Pil Pil
These are prawns cooked in a terrine in garlic oil and mildly ‘hot’. The chilli was present but pleasant. The trouble with this is that you can’t help dipping bread in the sauce and as a starter you must not overdo it before the next Course. It was very good.

Potato Skins
A bit more than just the skins, deep fried and filled with a choice of toppings, like cheese and bacon. Probably the Mexican answer to a baked potato. If you like it ‘hot’, try cheese and chilli. Again it was reported to be very good.

Everyone liked what they had without exception; however the Egg Ranchero efinitely topped the bill. Perhaps we should have tried the Nachos, or the Mexican chicken salad, or…. Well, there is always a next time!
Team score – 09/10

Main Course
The selection had to comprise something to please individual preferences, so we had:

Chicken Mayan
Breast of chicken cooked slowly in a pot, served with a mild creamy mushroom sauce, green beans and carrots topped with cheese. One can choose between Mexican rice or fries to accompany this dish. I think the description is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. And it is very, very good.

Ribs & Chicken Combo
This consist of ¼ rack of ribs with a fillet of chicken, served with fried potatoes, coleslaw and onion rings. Pasta in white sauce made with cream, white wine, onions and parmesan cheese. This dish attracted everybody’s attention, especially the overflowing quantity of food on the plate.

Fajitas Skillet
Sizzling hot chicken or steak or vegetables served with warm tortillas, Mexican Sauce and sour cream. Mildly hot. Just as they serve in Mexico and if you want it real ´hot’ you have to tell the waiter. This is just a sample of what we had.

The ribs are also available on their own and what a plateful that is too! The main menu offers a greater selection to include Burritos, Chimichangas, Tacos, Poblano Steaks, Burgers and, not to overlook, the classic Chilli con Carne.The portions are large and generous,
more than good value for money, but if you still think you can manage more there are always the extra side orders.
Team score – 10/10

The Pecan Pie and the Cajeta seemed to be a ood representation of desserts; however most of us seemed to go for the Cajeta and the
Fruits of the Forest Cheese Cake. It is difficult to say which was better; they were both delicious and also well presented. I rather liked
the “Cajeta” which basically is vanilla ice-cream rolled in roasted coconut and covered in caramel syrup. But then the mascarpone cheesecake with fresh berries was also rather hard to beat.
Overall Team Score 10/10

I am pleased we tried this newly opened restaurant. We needed a good but not expensive Mexican restaurant in the area, instead of the usual snack type eatery offering food under the pretext that it’s cheap fast food.
Here you can have a good meal at a reasonable price with portions that make it excellent value for money. In addition the atmosphere, the service and the location, they all contribute to a nice evening out. Everyone at the Diners’ Club said that they would recommend the restaurant to their friends and that they would certainly come back themselves.

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