El Pancho Mexican Restaurant and Bar, 1 Chome-10-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0085, Japan.
Simply The Best … El Pancho is a small Mexican Restaurant on the 8th floor of a tall tower. Who would have thought that the best Mexican food I’ve eaten hails from Osaka, Japan.
It’s the cosiest and most attractively decorated Mexican venue I’ve had the pleasure to visit. If you drop in, make your mark and leave a graffiti message in chalk on a wall, any wall.
The sign out the front says the restaurant has been open since 1979 and as it’s a hugely popular place they must still on top of their game.
But I digress, we went along for the food, so let’s talk about just how good this food is.
We ordered a vegetarian platter and there was so much food. A soft tortilla wrapped itself around some fresh crunchy salad, guacamole dip, house made tortilla chips, frijole dip. Oh, and frijole quesadillas which were slightly hidden under other food.
I was super impressed with the house made breads and chips. While the sour cream and cheese were both delicious which is no surprise, as Japan is famous for it’s dairy products.
So, I couldn’t resist adding a serving of Prawn Enchiladas, as Osaka is a port city and this led me to believe the seafood would be pretty amazing. Correct.
Xena decided the enchiladas were incredible as the prawns were the freshest and juiciest we’d tried. With the addition of hot chilli sauce made this a decadent plate of food and I loved this dish.
It’s definitely the place to visit for happy hour. This is when it becomes Margarita town with jugs of the drink appearing on tables everywhere.
So, we had a great time and I think Xena ate too much which meant a brisk walk to the hotel.
Osaka, the foodie capital of Japan, and a city that melds being flashy and down to earth with a great deal of panache.
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