El Chapo’s Tacos

A Mexican restaurant that plays on cheesy stereotypes
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Time Out Says

You can always tell when a restaurant hasn’t really committed to the Mexican theme. A cactus here, a cactus there, yet not a sombrero in sight. But the team behind El Chapo’s Tacos have taken the theme and run with it. They completed the Dubai Fitness Challenge with it. They ran the full 10km route along Sheikh Zayed Road with it. You cannot escape from the fact that this restaurant is supposedly owned by El Chapo, and that they serve tacos.

Where to start with this unabashedly cheesy bar? The wait staff are all in bright orange convict suits, there’s a chalkboard line-up near the bathrooms, and the private section is behind bars (seriously). There are neon pun signs lining the walls, plus there are cactuses everywhere — even the glass stems are prickly pear shaped.

You can’t go to a Mexican without ordering guacamole (well, we can’t) and we’re thrilled with our decision here as it’s freshly prepared in front of us, and made as spicy as we like (very).

The crispy baby squid portion is massive, and we have to leave some to make room for mains. Sadly if you’re a veggie you’ll have to forgo the namesake tacos, as there’s, surprisingly, no vegetarian option.

Happily, the mushroom and oaxaca cheese quesadillas more than make up for it, and are absolutely wolfed down alongside the chicken and pineapple tacos.

It’s not going to break the bank, either, plus there are a range of deals throughout the week, including two courses for Dhs99 on a Wednesday.

It’s as much a bar as it is a restaurant, so time it right by arriving in happy hour, where you’ll get frozen Mexican mixed drinks for Dhs27. If you’re not keen on that there are three draught hops and plenty of mixed drinks on the menu, too, and staff give us a welcome nudge when the time is running out.

You can definitely tell this spot is run by the same team at Mr Miyagis — it’s completely over the top and cheesy, in the best way.

Love Mexican food and fun? Head here for a proper laugh, great food, and cheap happy hour beverages. This restaurant is sure to draw crowds in night after night.

A Mexican restaurant that plays on cheesy stereotypes

To take a selfie with the chalkboard line-up

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 05 Dec 2019

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