El Chicos – great Mexican at Streatham Hill

If you don’t like sombreros , you won’t like El Chicos. There’s a fun, novelty Mexican feel about the place, with lots of Mexican memorabilia and sombreros everywhere (even before yours truly trips up the small step in the middle of the floor and then ends up with a head inside the coat cupboard, mistaking ‘cloakroom’ for ‘toilets’, much to other diners’ entertainment).

It’s a quiet Monday evening, about 9pm, and we’ve come on the spur of the moment as we were in the Streatham Hill area and were hungry.

There’s latino music playing, it’s softly lit (quite dark with colourful, swirling lights sweeping across the walls), and service is great (perfectly timed).

A good ten minutes is needed to study the extensive drinks menu that includes beers, wines, sangria and many cocktails, before we share a starter – a plate of calamari @ around £6.00, served super hot with salad and a special sauce (nothing amazing but all perfectly agreeable).

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Calamari starter

For main course, we choose sizzling chicken and steak fajitas @ £11.95 (served fresh and steaming hot and very tasty) and tropical BBQ chicken with pineapple salsa dip, nachos, rice and mixed salad @ £11.95 (again, all very tasty and outweighed our expectations).

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Tropical BBQ chicken skewers

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Sizzling steak and chicken fajitas

A great little find, I’d happily eat at El Chicos again if in the Streatham Hill area.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Mexican
~ Address: 62 Streatham High Road, London
~ Postcode: SW16 1DA
~ Tel: 0871 075 8930
~ Nearest station: Streatham Hill rail
~ Facebook page: El Chicos on FB
~ Location: El Chicos map

El Chicos Mexican Cantina & Cocktail Bar on Urbanspoon

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2 Responses

  1. Looking for a nice Mexican place for my birthday in a few weeks… think this may be the one!

  2. Well we certainly had a jolly time there, it’s got quite a light-hearted fun atmosphere. Just watch out for that step cross the middle of the restaurant though!

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