Located in the old The Australian pub, the newest burrito shop in Canberra opened on Wednesday and Canberrans were already piling in. Looking around inside, it looked a bit like a beach shack permanently celebrating the Day of the Dead.
"Imagine Willy Wonka went to Mexico and fell in the love with the local cuisine, relocated to Canberra and opened a cantina which served the finest Mexican food in all the land." -from Beach Burrito Company Civic's website. (There are 6 other locations in Sydney)
On my first visit, I originally ordered the prawn burrito bowl but they had already run out of prawns! So I changed my order to the tempura fish burrito bowl ($17.95). The flour tortilla bowl was delightfully crispy and the ingredients inside (beer battered tempura fish, Mexican rice, black beans, cheese, shredded cabbage, salsa blanco and chilli salt) tasted fresh and complemented the crunchy texture of the bowl.
I was impressed with my burrito bowl and went back for lunch there today. This time, I tried the Taquitos (3 for $9.95 or 5 for $14.95). They're corn tortillas with your preferred filling (chilli con carne, pible pork, chipotle chicken or tofu and roasted veg), flash fried and served with sour cream and guacamole. Beware! I decided to order them because I thought you could choose a range of fillings, but apparently they all have to be the same filling. Rightio. So I chose chipotle chicken as my filling. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the taquitos. They were a bit dry and I couldn't really taste any chipotle flavouring and there weren't any other ingredients in the tortillas for variety.
This sign then caught my fancy...
So I ordered the Churros for one ($8.95). It seemed to be a bit pricy but at least the chocolate was actual melted chocolate. The churros itself was crunchy and coated in sugar and cocoa powder.
My initial impression of Beach Burrito Company Civic is that the food is tasty but priced on the higher side. The menu is quite extensive and I'd be keen to try out some of their other meals!