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Barburrito at the Trafford Centre

Jonathan Schofield admires the latest Barburrito

Written by . Published on December 17th 2007.


Barburrito at the Trafford Centre

You worry when outstanding city centre independents move into places such as the Trafford Centre. Individuality is better suited to the pell-mell, all-action activity of real streets, fickle weather and even the occasional tramp. The artificiality of anaemic shopping centres can be a deadening influence, blunting the frisky vitality of gems such as Barburrito.

Barburrito, in time, will thrive here, despite the fact that it doesn’t fit naturally with the predictable lumpen mass of the other fast-food chains on offer.

But if you have ambitions for a whole chain of fast-casual dining venues – and co-owners Morgan and Paul have just that – then you have to take the mall plunge.

Barburrito fans can rest assured that there is no slipping of standards here. Indeed the décor has been pushed up half a gear with the addition of more striking visuals than in the Piccadilly Gardens original. It’s rich and exuberant without being ridiculous like so much of TC.

Food-wise it’s the same formula as well with outstanding burritos, tacos and quesadillas. As for the salads, well I’m not sure. The latter are a long departure from Mexico.

Still those quesadillas. Baby they’ve got it. I had the shredded beef (£4.35) version, with mushrooms and the sweet, hot, chipotle salsa. It all worked a treat. Part of the success of Barburrito lies in the exquisite, very light, very finely cooked, tortilla wraps, which play a huge part in the overall taste of the food.

I also had a tub of Barburrito guacamole. This has got to be the best in the region. There’re chillies in there but it’s the coriander and lime that lifts it to the heavens. Or the ceiling in the case of the Trafford Centre.

Barburrito, in time, will thrive here, despite the fact that it doesn’t fit naturally with the predictable lumpen mass of the other fast-food chains on offer. This place, Tampopo, Giraffe, perhaps. I wouldn’t touch anywhere else in West Manchester’s very own retail Disneyland.

Rating: 16.5/20
Breakdown: 9/10 Food
4/5 Service
3.5/5 Ambience
Address: Barburrito
Upper Level
The Orient
Trafford Centre
M1 1JF
0161 747 6165

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east lancsDecember 17th 2007.

Went to the Piccadilly one at lunch. Never been before, never will again. Expensive, and nothing remotely like a proper "burrito". It's "okay", tastyish, like the guy above said. But woefully overpriced.

AnonymousDecember 17th 2007.

Sorry, but as someone who grew up a few miles from the Mexican border, I have to say that Barburrito falls a fair ways short of authentic Mexican food. It's "ok", I've certainly had much worse, but Barburrito is just about at the level of Taco Bell in the US (The "Mexican McDonalds"...a chain of fast food taco purveyors.Mushrooms in a taco?? Please. It's not bad, but only El Macho comes close to the real thing in Manchester.

smartmcrDecember 17th 2007.

The Trafford Centre culinary scene is looking up! Not only is the Barburrito impressive, but the relocated Tampopo is also superb for Asian-fusion cooking. Add this to Giraffe and several other new places and it's a far cry from the Mcdonalds and KFC dominated tackiness I'd become accustomed to.

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