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Zapata's - Northbridge - 1 Mar 2012

Cuisine: Mexican
Location: Northbridge (another in Fremantle)

We’d been meaning to have a team night out but kept postponing it for several months until now. First we were off to Pot Black in Northbridge and then to Zapata’s to sample some Mexican fare. I’ve never eaten at a Mexican restaurant so I was looking forward to eating some of what Mexican cuisine has to offer. I’d rang previously to make a booking but they said no need, just to rock up. After a few hours of pool, we ventured further up James Street where we passed a movie being screened in the outdoor cinema with many people gathered around. We arrived at Zapata’s which was packed and asked for a table but were turned away! So much for being told to just rock up. We slowly walked out, hovering around the entrance wondering what to do now, and then one of the waitresses said there’s a table free if you’re willing to wait a few minutes while it gets cleared. Saved! The great thing was it was a lovely night and we managed to get a table outside.

We had a look through the menu and decided to share a few dishes. They also have specials on several days, so being Thursday, Zapata’s had $6 Pina Coladas. The team perused the drinks menu and suggested I might be interested in “Death by Chocolate”. Sounds good so I decided to give it a go even though I don’t drink. Service was a bit over the place during the course of the night but we got our starters and drinks. Following is what I enjoyed:

  • For starters we shared – “Los Tres” Dip  ($13.10) – 3 dips including chilli con queso, salsa mexicana and guacamole. Chilli con queso is a warmed, gooey, cheese dip which just sticks to the corn chips and is cheese heaven. Very indulgent. The guacomole was nothing special and the salsa mexicana is a tomato based dip with a slight bite which was enjoyable.
  • “Death by Chocolate” cocktail ($10) – Kahlua, creme de cacao, Baileys, choc and cream. OK, even though I don’t drink I do like Baileys and absolutely loved this cocktail. I had drunk the lot in quick time to the stares of my team who weren’t even half way through their cocktails. Mind you, they started early with a few drinks at Pot Black. It’s a filling cocktail so I stopped at one to leave room for mains and dessert.
  • Chicken, corn and rice burrito ($17.80) – I was presented with a square parcel being the burrito; a simple tomato and lettuce salad to one side; a small bowl of a tomato based sauce; and a blob of sour cream. The burrito was warmed and well filled with plenty of shredded chicken and corn. Not a huge amount of rice inside but while the meal was lacking in a strong spicy flavour, it was flavoursome. I think back to the burrito I had at The Secret Garden which is not a Mexican restaurant, where the burrito lacked spice, taste, and was very bland. Zapata’s version is far superior and dipping it in the sauce and a bit of sour cream made for a very enjoyable main meal. Sour cream really adds something to a meal like this. Very generous meal.
  • Shared dessert – 8 churros ($10.50) – well we were very full as the servings are more than generous. Sharing 8 churros was the perfect compromise in being able to have dessert, sample the ever popular churros and indulge in some chocolate sauce. The churros were a light golden brown colour dusted with icing sugar and served with a gooey, thick, milk chocolate sauce. Oh so delicious! I’d say easily better than the San Churros version I just sampled down the road in James Street, Northbridge and better value. The churros were far tastier and the milk chocolate sauce was delicious. I’d probably have to say that San Churros chocolate sauce was better though.

Zapata’s Food Review Summary

Verdict: I really enjoyed the team night out and I enjoyed all that Zapata’s had to offer. Being in a group allowed us to share a few dishes which added variety  to the dinner. I enjoyed the cheese sauce dip in particular and the chicken, corn and rice burrito for mains was flavoursome and filling. I loved the churros and chocolate sauce and while not being a drinker, loved the death by chocolate cocktail. We all enjoyed ourselves and would like to come back if not for just the cocktails! Surprised at the low rating amongst other patrons on Urbanspoon.
Price: Reasonable
Taste: Delicious
Value: Excellent
Recommendation: Recommend

Zapata’s Restaurant Details

http://www.zapataswa.com.au/
Zapata's on Urbanspoon

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Zapata's - Northbridge - 1 Mar 2012, reviewed by Shaun on 2012-03-01T22:34:45+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5
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