One of my resolutions for this year is to try more types of foods. As much as I LOVE cakes, pastries, and other sweets, I realise that there are a lot of other delicious foods out there. Moreover, I want to try more types of cuisines from different countries. One type of cuisine that I have not had much experience with is Mexican. I don’t think that I’ve ever actually been to a Mexican restaurant before (not even a fast-food like Taco Bell). The closest that I’ve probably had to any Mexican food are breakfast burritos from McDonalds. Wanting to address this issue, I decided to go to Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant for lunch today. I ordered their Burrito de Puerco O Camaron, which is a burrito with either pork or prawn (I picked pork).
Burrito de Puerco O Camaron (Pork, $14.75):
This consisted of a pretty large tortilla wrapped around a filling consisting of rice, baked beans, roasted pork and some vegetables, and topped with melted cheese. It was served with tomato sauce and a small side of salad. I really enjoyed this. The tortilla was soft and warm, with a slight chew. The rice was perfectly cooked, well-seasoned and had a nice creaminess from the baked bean. The roasted pork was tender, juicy, well-seasoned with a nice bit of garlic flavour. I initially thought that the amount of pork was a bit sparse, but soon discovered that a lot of it was actually on the other end of the burrito. The dish was a bit salty. I have a pretty high tolerance for salt, so I was fine, but I think that some people might find it too salty. The portion was perfect to satisfy an enormous eater like me. There was one BIG issue with my burrito however, and it was this:
If you’re having trouble deciphering what this is, it is a chunk of glass. Yes, I found a sizable chunk of glass inside my burrito. Now, I’m generally not too squeamish and don’t mind that much if I encounter a hair or a small piece of plastic in my food. However, I do have an issue with glass/wires/other items that can potentially injure someone and I can totally understand others who might be freaked out and/or outraged by an incident like this. Fortunately, the glass that I encountered here as not sharp, so I was not injured. I made the personal choice not to tell the staff because 1) they didn’t appear to speak English that well, so it was probably going to be difficult to communicate the issue with them and 2) the likely outcome is that they would either re-prepare the dish (which I did not want since I was already 2/3 of the way through) or take it off of my bill. Now, if they were a larger, more popular place I probably would have complained, but since they appear to be a relatively small business I didn’t want to put pressure on them, so I kept my peace. Instead, I simply left the piece of glass in clear view on my plate in hopes that they’ll figure out what had happened and be more careful in the future.
Overall, glass aside, I really enjoyed my lunch. I did find the price to be pretty steep for a small, hole in the way type restaurant however, and the staff, while quite friendly, weren’t particularly attentive (and didn’t appear to speak English too well either, which was one of the reasons why I didn’t complain to them). I will certainly be going to Mexican restaurants more often after this; I just hope that I don’t encounter any more pieces of glass in my food.
Recommendations: Burrito (hopefully you don’t end up getting a piece of glass)