I hadn’t seen the other half all week due to work commitments so Saturday evening we decided to go out for dinner. For some reason I was lacking inspiration and couldn’t muster any decent ideas of where we could get a good feed, especially from somewhere we hadn’t tried before. Leeds foodie Twitter folk came to the rescue and gave me a couple of great ideas of places that have been on my list, but I’d forgotten about. Out of the two, we decided on trying Mexican restaurant Pinche Pinche, based in Chapel Allerton it’s a restaurant I knew of through glowing reports I’d read in the past. I hadn’t gone out for Mexican in while so it made a refreshing change. It’s located on Harrogate Road, right in the centre of the action in the area and luckily we managed to park outside courtesy of the free on street parking.
It was Saturday evening and it opened at 6pm, so I was hopeful it wouldn’t be too busy if we arrived before 6:30pm. On arrival we were nearly out luck as they were pretty much booked up till much later that evening, but thankfully we managed to nab the window seat which we duly accepted.
The menu is broken down into Appetizers and tapas, salads, Enchiladas, Northern Mexico/Tex-Mex (Burritos, Chimichangas, Fajitas Nachos and Ribs) and sides. There’s also a children’s menu too.
I was pretty hungry after just having a yummy bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast and skipping lunch, so we ordered the Pinche guacamole to share first.
Made with Hass avocados, onion, coriander and fresh lime juice it was tasty and had a creamy texture to it. It was a very large portion of guacamole and we were defeated by it as it was too much for either of us to finish.
Next up were the main attractions: the other half went for a burrito with chips, yes not strictly Mexican, but Pinche Pinche say they offer Tex Mex dishes as people typically think of these as Mexican, even though they aren’t strictly authentic, but more of a fusion.
The burrito was absolutely crammed to the rafters with chicken and rice, tasting great. Unbeknownst to me though the other half had eaten a mini curry after his Saturday hockey match so he struggled to finish it all on this occasion.
I liked the idea of trying the street food dishes so went for Tostados and Quesadillas, both were really well done with lots of tasty fillings. The Quesadillas had a filling of Adobo marinated pork with spicy pan-fried pineapple, the tender meat had a slight hint of pineapple running through it. The Tostados were crisp corn tortillas generously topped with slow braised lamb in a Pasilla chile marinade, each had refried black beans and topped with Salsa Ranchera (tomatoes, chipotle chile, onion and garlic) and cheese. The meat was moist, flavourful, the beans were meaty (if that’s possible) and the salsa helped to cut through any richness.
I loved the sides, the rice was fantastic and I could eat bowls of the stuff with finely chopped coriander and parsley running through it, it had a lovely texture and great flavour. I’ve been a massive fan of plantain since Uni days, where a housemate used to cook it for me in exchange for apple crumble and custard, and then this was even more reinforced on a memorable holiday in Cuba a few years ago. These were lovely, well, cooked with just the right amount of give and softness to them.
Our dinner cost us £48.50 for 2 courses each with sides and a bottle of wine. We were both pretty stuffed by the end of dinner, in a good way too!
I’d recommend going to Pinche Pinche!!
Food: good portion sizes, full of flavour, a great range of dishes with lots to cater for different dietary requirements.
Service: staff were accommodating, friendly and efficient.
Atmosphere: had a good buzz at the place. I wasn’t too keen on the red lighting though (from a photograph taking point of view).Pinche Pinche 116a Harrogate Road