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Re: Mexican Food

First off, if you are coming from Mexico, prepare for Mexican food to be 5 notches down from what you are used to in terms of authenticity, spicyness and price. 3 notches down if coming from the US. That being said, these are the best places I've found in and around Zurich:

http://www.tresamigos.ch/

http://www.el-mosquito.ch/

Both are chains with multiple locations in Switzerland.
If you want real Mexican food, shop at El Maiz behind the Zurich main station where they sell authentic ingredients and cook it yourself. They even have ready made frozen Tamales to-go. http://www.elmaiz.ch/

Most Migros and Coop also sell Old El-Paso brand tortillas, taco shells, salsa, and packets of fajita spice etc.
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Forget "El Luchador", the food (except the empanadas) is definitely missing some kick IMO.
Yes, forget about it, don't even give them a chance as LiBs opinion is worth more than any positive review on this restaurant.

Also forget about the Opera as it is missing some rock'n'roll IMO.

Forget about holidays in Italy as it is missing some norway IMO.
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Yes, forget about it, don't even give them a chance as LiBs opinion is worth more than any positive review on this restaurant.

Also forget about the Opera as it is missing some rock'n'roll IMO.

Forget about holidays in Italy as it is missing some norway IMO.
Well, if you want to go there and waste your money, then be my guest...I certainly expect more from a Mexican restaurant.

(...and you had similar reviews about the place on a different thread )
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I certainly expect more from a Mexican restaurant.
Yes, you expect it to be an American Mexican restaurant.
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Yes, you expect it to be an American Mexican restaurant.
No I don't. I would however expect some authenticity from a restaurant with a Mexican chef.
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No I don't. I would however expect some authenticity from a restaurant with a Mexican chef.
Ok, when some mexican tells me that this is the closest to real mexican food you will find in Zürich and you tell me the opposite, guess who I belief more.

Quoting two positive reviews and then writing "forget about it, because IMO...blabla" is a tad bit arrogant methinks.
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Ok, when some mexican tells me that this is the closest to real mexican food you will find in Zürich and you tell me the opposite, guess who I belief more.

Quoting two positive reviews and then writing "forget about it, because IMO...blabla" is a tad bit arrogant methinks.
Who cares what some Mexican tells you. All I said, that the food lacks some kick...and that the restaurant isn't all that. Not sure who put sand in your monologue but I find your post rather condescending.
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Re: Mexican Food

Just wanted to say that last year there was a latin festival in Zurich, it was very crowded and great atmosphere.. I knew someone would sell tacos so we looked for this particular food stand , we found them, and the tacos were good enough, not the best ever but the queues for tacos were big and they were really struggling to keep up ...
I know many people who would love a good Mexican..
the ingredients in this country, unlike the UK, are a lot fresher so it shouldn't be so hard..
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El Mais is good for many ingredients and frozen tamales. When we asked the owners of El Mais where to find authentic Mexican food in Zürich they told us to go to Interlaken and visit Restaurant El Azteca. This was before El Luchador opened up around the corner. El Luchador is also the best we've found in Zürich.
I'll have to try it.

I've only tried a few Mexican restaurants in Switzerland (one in Dornach and one near the train station in Basel) and been deeply disappointed. Perhaps it's because I don't eat meat, but it seems like the chef went 'hey, this is basically bread and cheese, we can do this for Swiss tastes!' and did tortillas and cheese with a few fried carrots and onions that might at some point have seen a spice. The place in Dornach does do a good black bean soup and margaritas though.

If you start a burrito place near Zurich HB with good vegetarian burritos to take away for under CHF 15 each, you'll have one semi-regular client.
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Re: Mexican Food

I've heard good things about El Luchador from Mexican friends, and while I haven't given it a shot yet, I certainly plan to. "Kick" is something that doesn't really exist in quite a bit of authentic Mexican food, it's more of a Texmex influence, in my experience. Plus, you can always add sauce or ask for it to be extra spicy, they always comply in my case!

There's a taco stand in Basel that I've also never been to that's also apparently pretty good but has dumb opening hours making it impossible for me to give it a try.

Winterthur has a little hole in the wall place you'd never notice unless you stumbled across it. I don't remember the name, it's close to the Bahnhof (No, not Tres Amigos!). There are about 4 tables, a single chef who also serves, and a selection of very basic but good Mexican food (flautas, burritos, tacos, etc.)

These two places also recieved a thumbs up from a real, live Mexican.
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There's a taco stand in Basel that I've also never been to that's also apparently pretty good but has dumb opening hours making it impossible for me to give it a try.
Details?
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No I don't. I would however expect some authenticity from a restaurant with a Mexican chef.
IF there IS a Mexican Chef But what if the Chef originates from Prishtina, or Istanbul or Beirut
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Who cares what some Mexican tells you. All I said, that the food lacks some kick...and that the restaurant isn't all that. Not sure who put sand in your monologue but I find your post rather condescending.
Really? Sometimes I care what some Mexican tells me, especially when it comes to judge the authenticity of Mexican food. Your posts are condescending towards the chef of the restaurant and people who have a different opinion in regards of this restaurant.

And now tell me where my post is condescending.
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You two sound like an old married couple.

But at least there are some good suggestions coming out of this thread.

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I'll have to try it.

I've only tried a few Mexican restaurants in Switzerland (one in Dornach and one near the train station in Basel) and been deeply disappointed. Perhaps it's because I don't eat meat, but it seems like the chef went 'hey, this is basically bread and cheese, we can do this for Swiss tastes!' and did tortillas and cheese with a few fried carrots and onions that might at some point have seen a spice. The place in Dornach does do a good black bean soup and margaritas though.

If you start a burrito place near Zurich HB with good vegetarian burritos to take away for under CHF 15 each, you'll have one semi-regular client.
- vegi-stuff without me, genuine or not
- Swiss tastes ? Sure he can try to Europeanize/Helvetise his stuff, but then loses exactly the half of the Swiss clientele who love spicy food and on whom he in the end depends
- The Chili con Carne in the Tres Amigos used to be really spicy in the past. Don't know how it is done now
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The wife and I ate at Desperdo a while back since it's close by. It started out pretty well. I liked the atmosphere. The chips and salsa were good. The frozen margarita wasn't that great so I decided to try the "classic" on the rocks. I also went for the better tequila, since heck, I'm already paying 15chf so what's 2chf more? It was tasty but no salt on the glass.

We both ordered fajitas and the portion size was pretty large, however, a first me for me, I needed to salt my food in a Mexican restaurant. Oh well. I was only mildly disappointed so overall it was an above average experience.

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The wife and I ate at Desperdo a while back since it's close by. It started out pretty well. I liked the atmosphere. The chips and salsa were good. The frozen margarita wasn't that great so I decided to try the "classic" on the rocks. I also went for the better tequila, since heck, I'm already paying 15chf so what's 2chf more? It was tasty but no salt on the glass.

We both ordered fajitas and the portion size was pretty large, however, a first me for me, I needed to salt my food in a Mexican restaurant. Oh well. I was only mildly disappointed so overall it was an above average experience.

Dan
My mexican restaurant experience in Europe has taught me to order the ribs, including at Desperado. Not really mexican, but a plate of ribs and a margarita ain't a bad night.
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Winterthur has a little hole in the wall place you'd never notice unless you stumbled across it. I don't remember the name, it's close to the Bahnhof (No, not Tres Amigos!). There are about 4 tables, a single chef who also serves, and a selection of very basic but good Mexican food (flautas, burritos, tacos, etc.)
You're probably referring to El Burrito Feliz: http://www.qype.ch/place/1939753-El-...liz-Winterthur
Nice little Mexican restaurant indeed!
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Forget "El Luchador", the food (except the empanadas) is definitely missing some kick IMO.
If you want «kick», make use of the generously supplied and freshly made condiments. Simples.
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Re: Mexican Food

Look, if you want good Mexican in Switzerland, then I have to make it.

Unfortunately, my gardens dead for the winter, so you'll have to wait six months for the really good stuff, though I have plenty of roasted, peeled and frozen green from last year, as well as dried, and can always get fresh Rocotos and Ajis from those AmericanMarket people (and can also get fresh Ajis in Como), but they're not Mexican.

Best Mexican restaurant I've found here was in the south of France, between Nice and Antibes (and best Sushi place is in Oslo, but that's for another thread).

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