Craft Beer Pub Guide: El Burro

El Burro

El Burro

Situated on Main Rd in Green Point, El Burro is the taste of authentic Mexican fare in Cape Town. Often imitated but never, ever duplicated, it has become a staple for those looking for something “south of the border.”

Follow the mellow music down a long hallway, up a set of back stairs, and you’ll find this cosy restaurant. El Burro’s cantina vibe adds to its charming atmosphere, and the smells wafting from the kitchen will have your mouth watering before you’re even seated.

As a native Texan, I consider myself an irrefutable expert on what qualifies as good Mexican food. I grew up with the stuff, and enjoyed my fair share of authentic, home-cooked, grass roots dishes. El Burro delivers. It delivers the food, the drinks, and the experience of being in Mexico. Come hungry, because the dishes are as filling as they are delicious.

And what would a cantina be without margaritas and an expansive list of top shelf tequilas? How many types of tequila? How about twenty one? There are twenty one delightful options to be enjoyed in your cocktail or straight from the glass. On top of that you’ve got local craft favourites, including #DPBC, wine and MCC. If you can’t find something you enjoy, it won’t be from lack of choice.

Our Top 3 Food Picks:

Chicken Mole Poblano – Tender chicken served in a complex and rich sauce consisting of tomato, 32 herbs and spices, almonds, walnuts, and a hint of couverture chocolate. Served with green rice and refried beans.

Pork Carnitas – 3 corn tortillas topped with spicy tomato sauce, twice roasted pulled pork and three different salsas.

Chicken Quesadilla – Grilled chicken in a Serrano chilli and smoked jalapeno tomato sauce in flour tortillas with queso fresco served with a side of sour cream and greens.

Our Top DPBC Beer and Food Pairing: Pork Carnitas with King’s Blockhouse IPA

They had me at twice roasted pulled pork, but the magic is really in the sauce. The spices in this dish pair perfectly with bold, hoppy profile of the King’s Blockhouse. Prepare for glory.


Website: El Burro

Address: 81 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town

Contact: 021 433 2364

Hours: Mon to Sat: Noon – 23:30

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