survey result

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An ever-evolving, fun take on Mexican street food offering zingy flavours (plus a damn fine margarita)” all “efficiently served” in a “bright and buzzy” environment seems to have protected Thomasina Miers’s popular chain from much of the casual dining fall-out of recent times; and it remains “the most dependable of fast(ish) food chains” for many reporters. In particular, it’s “perfect for kids”, and families appreciate that “you fill up well for the price”. At the end of 2020, as a result of the Pandemic, the chain was rescued by Dick Enthoven, the billionaire owner of Nando's who put in £4m in exchange for a majority stake.

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An ever-evolving, fun take on Mexican street food offering zingy flavours (plus a damn fine margarita)” all “efficiently served” in a “bright and buzzy” environment seems to have protected Thomasina Miers’s popular chain from much of the casual dining fall-out of recent times; and it remains “the most dependable of fast(ish) food chains” for many reporters. In particular, it’s “perfect for kids”, and families appreciate that “you fill up well for the price”.

Summary

£39
    £
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

For a “flavourful and fun”, “dependable and quick” meal, fans of Thomasina Miers’ group of street food cantinas still feel it’s “one of the best chains around”, citing its “decent Mexican eats” and “fab cocktails” (and that it’s “great with kids”, if “a bit yummy mummy at the weekends”). But while ratings for its “friendly and prompt” service and energetic vibe have proved surprisingly enduring over the years, its food score dipped this year, with some regulars noting it has felt “a tad off-the-boil” of late.

Summary

£37
    £
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fun and lighthearted” style – and providing “zingy” dishes at “great-value” prices, “fab cocktails” and “friendly service” – Thomasina Miers’ feisty street-food chain “shows no sign of decline, despite its expansion”. It’s “streets ahead of other Mexican groups” and “always a solid standby when you want a quick meal”.

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