I love Mexican food, it's one of my favourite cuisines and after being introduced to the amazing Zapatista earlier in the year I couldn't really refuse the invitation to go along and try some of their new After Five menu which extends on the whole Mexican cuisine, no longer are they just serving burritos but a whole Mexican fiesta of a menu.
If you're a cocktail fan, Zapatista or Zaps as the locals tend to call it, have just the thing for you, an amazing assortment of alcoholic and lets just say tequila based wonders, sadly I'm currently completely intolerant to all alcohol (yes, sob, weep, it's bad) so I had to settle for one of their non-alcoholic Jarritos, delicious and totally Mexican, try the Guava flavour, it's very moreish!
The new after 5 menu isn't just for evenings when you fancy doing something different after work, it's also available all day at weekends so perfect for brunch on a Saturday, early evening drinks with food or maybe even a pre-theatre burrito.
What I particularly loved about the menu were the tacos and the taquitos, I can't describe them as anything other than a Mexican taste sensation but add just a little tequila cocktail and you could quite easily believe you're in a cantina in Guadalajara rather than a Burrito Bar on Grainger Street in Newcastle
My favourite of all of the Mexican morsels that were served were the best Jalapeno Poppers I've ever tasted, just the right strength of cheese combined with the perfect type of heat from the Jalapeno, I'd be quite happy to eat a portion of those every day of the week.
I think Zapatista's menu extension looks very promising, one thing we seem to lack in Newcastle is great Mexican food and I adore Mexican food, for the dessert lovers amongst us you needn't worry either, I tried both the grilled pineapple and the Key Lime pie and both were mouthwateringly delicious, so much so I could also see me going for an evening burrito, coffee and a slice of that delicious lime pie!
I'm going to make a suggestion, you know when it gets to the 27th of December and you need a break from Turkey and Christmas TV and you're kind of feeling like a hostage in your own home due to those charming family members slightly overstaying their welcome, well why not escape on a secret mission, tell them you're just popping out, go order yourself a Taquito and a Tequila and you'll soon get your Va Va Voom back and lets face it, we all need a little Mexican Va Va Voom at Christmas!
The Zapatisa After Five Menu is now available at the Grainger Street Branch, I was asked to go along and to write this article, these are my opinions, my photos and yes, I did feel quite full after the plethora of foodie treats!