As a nation we're doing a damn good job of dumbing down our food experiences and Chimichanga Brentwood does nothing to help the demise of a quality dining experience.
My daughter and I popped in one rainy lunchtime and were the only two diners for the hour that we were there. My first qualm is that we both had non-alcoholic drinks which were astonishingly priced at £2.95 each for a Coke and a diet Coke; free refills, not a chance as they serve glass Coke bottles. Now, I don't think it's worth arguing over fountain Coke vs bottled, but that is shockingly expensive for the equivalent of a can of Coke.
When it comes to the food element, the Prezzo restaurant group's interpretation of Mexican food is horrible and oriented precisely to the portion-controlled, chain restaurant lifestyle that these restaurant groups are foisting on the British public. What Mexican restaurant of any credibility serves a beef burger in a tortilla!?! If that's what your market research says that the British want, quit now! And the burger loving people, head across the street to McDonald's, that's where you get a burger, not a Mexican restaurant!
Having had a quesidilla filled with chorizo, I can only imagine that the ingredients were harnessed from a food service delivery and assembled by automatons rather than being freshly prepared by a skilled chef and their dedicated kitchen team. It was bland, flavourless and was pretty grim.
This assault on our high streets of poor quality imitation restaurants cobbled together by faceless restaurant chains needs to stop. We're becoming accustomed to such drivel and before we know it, the gastronomic delights of visiting a genuine restaurant will be lost to us because all we'll be left with is this sort of rubbish filling every high street across the country, oh wait....it already does.
It's time to eschew the chains people and seek out genuine local restaurants that prepare their food with skill, care and attention, and who are proud of their offerings.
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