Carlito Burrito is Brighton’s first Mexican owned and operated restaurant by restauranteur Carlito Riestra. He opened the restaurant in 2012 after managing and working in multiple other restaurants as he wanted to bring Mexican street food to Brightonians – something I’m personally very grateful for!
With dishes that are all made from scratch and from the freshest of ingredients, the menu at Carlito Burrito has lots to choose from, from tacos, burritos, quesadillas (even one with vegan cheese!) to lots more. All their salsas and chilli sauces are handmade on site using the local Sussex produce, imported chillies and Mexican spices.
When it comes to the drinks, the restaurant specialises in different types of Margaritas all made with 100% agave tequila, organic agave syrup and homemade cordials. I tried a classic one and can confirm it was yum-my. Of course, they also do other types of cocktails & Mexican beers, too!
The decor is cool and quirky, with Mexican art adorning the walls, neon signs on the walls and lots and lots of colour everywhere. It’s not a big space, but they’ve managed to fit quite a few tables into the restaurant which makes it all feel very intimate.
Seeing as the drinks list as Carlito Burrito is so impressive, I just “had to” order a cocktail. I went for the classic Margarita, which was really, really tasty. Other Margarita flavours include (for example) mango, hibiscus and tamarind – I’m on a mission to try them all!
As our starter, Jim and I shared the totopos aka homemade corn chips served with charred tomato and chilli dip, guacamole and pico de gallo. The tortilla chips were amazing! You could tell that they were homemade – they were so light and flaky with just the right amount of oil and salt. All the dips were super tasty, too, with my personal favourite being the smoky tomato & chilli dip.
As my main, I went for the halloumi tacos. All Carlito Burrito’s tacos are served in pairs and made from 100% gluten-free corn flour. My halloumi ones came with deep fried halloumi, pico de gallo, aioli & chipotle relish.
Spoiler alert: THEY WERE SO GOOD.
The halloumi was so beautifully crispy and the salsa and the aioli were super flavoursome. Also, the tacos were quite big which meant that a pair of them was just the right amount of food.
I can’t wait to go back and try out more of their veggie options – next on my list are their tacos de rajas with charred baby corn, poblano chillies and oat cream. Yum, yum and YUM!