How to make a burrito – Restaurant review: Barburrito, St. David’s 2, Cardiff

Entrance to Barburrito, Cardiff

Photo by Huw John, Cardiff

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!


Having successfully wrapped our tester burritos, Stephanie invited us to step up to the burrito preparation area to have a go at making a proper one.


After choosing our rice (spicy, lime and coriander or replace your rice with slaw for a lighter option), meat and salsa, we were able to add any fillings we liked to our burritos.

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.


It was so filling that I only managed to eat half, so I would definitely consider ordering the smaller burrito or choosing slaw in place of rice next time.

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?!

www.barburrito.co.uk

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.

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17 Comments

  1. February 11, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Barburrito’s looks and sounds awesome! Yum, the spicy shredded beef sounds AMAZING! The food looks delicious. I still can’t wrap a burrito. I really need to follow this guide!

  2. February 11, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I have done this at Barburrito in Manchester too. I really do love their burritos, but I wish their extra hot sauce was actually hot.

  3. February 11, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I am rubbish at rolling up burritos, mine just end up a total mess and falling out everywhere

  4. February 11, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I’ve never tried a burrito but boy do these look good! I have a nana mexico in my town, I’ll have to start off there! You’ve made me crave one! x

  5. February 11, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food! I’ve never wrapped a burrito though ;)…Now, I know! Thx, xx

  6. emma white
    February 11, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    the kids love these but I admit I can never fold them right and everything falls out so messy but great fun and so tasty

  7. February 11, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    This looks so much fun. Thanks for sharing how to actually wrap them…Hopefully my mix won’t all fall out now!! ????

  8. February 11, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Ah I really want one near me now so I can have a go at making one, haha!

  9. February 12, 2016 / 12:26 am

    I love burittos but I am terrible at rolling them! The food always falls out!

  10. February 12, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Oh my God! This restaurant sounds incredible! I am really hoping they open one near me soon. I’m afraid Cardiff is a bit of a commute for a burrito.

  11. February 12, 2016 / 11:24 am

    That looks gorgeous! If ever I get to Cardiff, I will definitely be looking this place up!

  12. February 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I’ve never ever tried a Burrito but that looks so tasty, think I may have to search out one locally

  13. Idaintyit
    February 12, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I need to go here. I love that you can pick every single ingredient and learn how to fold it properly! I am terrible when I go to a restaurant, I ask to take so many things off lol

  14. February 12, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Oh my goodness I want one of these right now! They look absolutely delicious. x

  15. February 18, 2016 / 12:44 am

    I know what I’m having for tea tomorrow! Yummy Burritos.

  16. February 23, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    These look so tasty but I have to admit I am rubbish at rolling them and mine end up splitting and me covered ion the contents lol

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