Taco Mazama Mexican Kitchen
- Telephone 0141 337 3399
- Food served Mon–Wed 11am–10pm; Thu 11am–11pm; Fri 11am–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–10pm
- Average price £7.99 (set lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Typical order Slow-cooked barbecue pork burrito (£4.99)
- Website www.tacomazama.co.uk
West Enders should rejoice, or perhaps give a big ‘olé’ – Taco Mazama have added to their Renfield Street branch with this new takeaway. It looks a little utilitarian but offers the same delicious range of burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, tacos and more. There’s a choice of fillings for the brick-sized burritos and fajitas including chargrilled chicken, rich beef and chorizo chilli, and slow-cooked barbecue pork full of delectable flavours and spices. From the fillings and salads to the veggie options and the heat-scaled salsas, there’s a freshness and quality here that is way ahead of most takeaways.
Big fat burritos are the order of the day (or more likely evening) at Taco Mazama. The Mexican chain of two – the original city centre branch and the sit-in or takeout west end version – offers good value from a brief but tempting takeaway menu, much of which travels well, with online ordering and reliable delivery. For just under a fiver the brick-size burrito comes loaded with rice, beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream – plus a filling of your choice, including marinated chicken with meaty chargrilled flavour and very tasty slow-cooked barbecue pork. The quesadillas are a more subdued snack, served in either half or full portions and filled with cheese, caramelised onions and a desired filling.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
When Taco Mazama opened its first branch on Renfield Street back in 2010 it wasn’t just a breath of fresh air, it was a large, zesty lungful of Tex-Mex deliciousness. It brought us bulging burritos and crispy tacos rammed with slow-cooked beef and silky, spicy fresh veg and all served in a funky, friendly atmosphere. Taco still does all that, in three easy ordering steps – tortilla or bowl, filling, salsas and sauces – while also catering really well for both spice-lovers and the more palate-cautious with add-on sauces providing a choice of heat intensities so they can be applied or avoided as desired. The expanding family of branches – the original was joined by a Byres Road venue, then a branch in Central Station and now they’re in Edinburgh as well – makes one feel that the original vision is perhaps in danger of being diluted. That said, the fresh flavours conjured up make it still one of the best dinner-in-silver-foil options in town.
- High point: Freshly made and extra heat if desired
- Low point: US mall-style production line
- Notable dish: Shredded beef chilli burrito with jalapeños and guacamole £7.99
- Delivery: Free over £10 order
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 20
- Open since: 2011