I recently attended a burrito-making masterclass at Barburrito, a newly launched Mexican restaurant situated on the ground floor of the food court of St. David’s 2 Shopping Centre, Cardiff.As the name would suggest, Barburrito is a burrito bar serving burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and nachos with an extensive range of fillings, all freshly made in front of you.
Barburrito was set up in 2005 by two friends, Morgan and Paul, who share a passion for Mexican food. Today there are 12 Barburrito branches throughout the UK, with the new Cardiff restaurant being the latest addition. However, the duo are determined to bring their burrito experience to the rest of the UK and plan to open more restaurants in future.Upon arrival at the restaurant, my friend and I were greeted by our host for the evening, Stephanie, and invited to take a seat with some other bloggers who had been invited along.We tucked into some complimentary nachos, served with fresh guacamole and salsa. The guacamole tasted really fresh and flavoursome; I wasn’t surprised to find out it’s made from scratch every day in the restaurant.
After we’d all had chance to get to know each other a bit, Stephanie brought us a selection of the different burrito fillings available at Barburrito, so we could choose which ones we’d prefer to include in the burritos we were going to make for ourselves.
You can order chargrilled chicken (£5.95), slow cooked pork (£6.15), spicy shredded beef (£6.30), chargrilled steak (£6.30) or flash-fried veg (£5.50) along with as many fillings as you like, in either a burrito, a burrito bowl (minus the burrito wrap) tacos or on nachos, in addition to your choice of salsa from pico de gallo, ranchera, chipotle or mule driver (in order of mild to extra hot).Then, you can opt to include sides like tortilla chips (£1) with salsa (£1.75), guacamole or cheese sauce (both £2.25 each) for dipping.To wash all that down you can choose from a variety of sodas, water, iced tea or Mexican beers, including San Miguel.
How to wrap a burrito
To show us how to wrap the perfect burrito, Stephanie got some tortillas and rice for us to practice with. We put a large spoonful of rice in the centre of the tortilla and then we had to wrap it using a special technique, shown below. I never knew there was so much involved in wrapping a burrito!
Once wrapped in foil, our burritos were served in a small wooden bowl with serviettes.
I went for spicy shredded beef with spicy rice, pico de gallo, pinto beans, guacamole, cheese sauce, grated cheese, slaw and garlic mushrooms.My burrito was delicious; the beef was tender, with a smoky taste, while the garlic mushrooms added a unique twist as I’m not used to eating these in burritos.
My guest opted for chargrilled steak with spicy rice, pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, cheese sauce, fried peppers and onions. He really enjoyed his burrito and thought that Barburrito was a lot better than Mission Burrito, based at The Friary, Cardiff.We were too full for dessert, but the freshly made churros (fried dough pastry-based snack) with chocolate sauce sounded pretty good.
All in all, we had a great time at Barburrito’s burrito-making masterclass and we would definitely return to the restaurant for food in future. The food was really fresh and tasty and it didn’t cost the earth either.At the moment, the Cardiff restaurant is running an introductory promotion whereby you can get a meal deal (a burrito and a drink) for just £7 – what better excuse to go and pay them a visit?!
I was invited to Barburrito as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.