On our last visit to Edinburgh we were lucky enough to stumble across Pancho Villa’s. Positioned on the beautiful Royal Mile and with a second branch in Glasgow, Pancho Villa’s offer an array of traditional Mexican dishes, served tapas style.
The interior is warm and welcoming, filled with vibrant colours and patterns. The menu was extensive selection of burritos, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and more with a large choice for both meat eaters and vegetarians. We decided to order a antojitos (a word which means “little cravings”!) starter which was street food style tapas. The staff recommended about 2-3 dishes per person, but we were still quite full from breakfast so shared 3 between us.
Firstly we decided to go for a portion of sopes – a traditional savoury corn cake topped with chilli con carne. The corn cake was wonderfully crisp; a lovely contrast to the delicious chilli, lettuce and salsa.
For our second dish we chose the espinaca enchiladas – tortillas filled with spinach, potato and peppers in a mild chilli and cream sauce, topped with melted cheese. Any combination of spinach and cheese always works so well, having the additional crunch from the peppers brings a wonderful texture to the dish.
Our final dish was the calabaza tacos – courgettes and sweetcorn cooked in a chipotle chilli and garlic sauce with goats cheese. Personally I would have never thought of these as a combination but it works so well. The texture of the courgettes, sweetcorn and goats cheese work amazingly, and the flavours were just spot on!
Our whole meal came in at under £16.50, which we thought was incredibly cheap for the quality of the meal. All of the dishes at Pancho Villa’s, excluding the burritos, are also gluten free, which is always a bonus. Overall our meal at Pancho Villa’s was wonderful, a great atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food!