With an outlet already open at Midvalley Megamall (near GSC), Panchos has opened up an outlet in the popular Telawi area of Bangsar. It’s taken over the spot where Chutney Mary used to be, further up from Naughty Babe Dirty Duck and opposite Antipodean and Yeast.
The decor is bright and cheery, with Mexican tunes being crooned in the background. There are menus (and sombreros) on the table, but you order at the counter and the food is delivered to you.
The chicken tinga quesadilla (RM15.90) was filled with chicken, salsa and cheesy goodness, although the flavour lacked punch. Luckily, Panchos has a great jalapeno sauce that adds zing to the dish.
Resembling a rather massive baked potato, beneath all the foil lies the chipotle pulled beef burrito (RM19.50) which is stuffed with rice and chipotle marinated beef brisket. Similar feedback with the chipotle beef tacos (RM16.50) – there was barely any chipotle flavour and it tasted like an ordinary beef brisket.
No Mexican meal is complete with nachos – Panchos Ultimate Nachos (RM20) came slathered in avocado, salsa and liquid cheese. It would have been nicer to have real melted cheese rather than the type than comes out of a can.
Curious about what Jarritos Mexi7can soda tasted like, we ordered one tamarind and one orange flavoured soda (RM11 each). For citrus lovers, there is also a lime flavour available. The tamarind had no distinct flavour – it was just sweet. The orange tasted like orange Fanta. We also tried the Aguas Frescas (drink of the day) which was pineapple and ginger (RM6). Could taste the pineapple, but not much ginger.
Panchos dishes out friendly service in a lively restaurant, but improvement could be made in the flavours of both the drinks and food. With the constant turnover of restaurants and cafes in the Telawi area, we’ll have to see whether Panchos survives.
Phone number: 03 2201 1502
Address: 21, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia