Even though at first it sounds a bit odd, specially given the amount of meaty toppings that characterise typical Mexican food, we’ve actually had pretty good experiences with vegan Mexican food in the past (read about it here), so when they invited us to try El Capo’s Vegan Thursdays deal, I immediately got excited. Let’s talk about our experience!
The deal includes 3 vegan tapas, 3 vegan tacos and a burrito, as well as a bottle of house wine to share.
We ordered some patatas bravas, an avocado tostada and mac and cheese to share.
The patatas bravas weren’t my favourites. They were quite spicy, which you’d expect from the chilli, but I couldn’t really taste anything else. I personally would have liked them with a bit more salt or seasoning to add some flavour, and this maybe could have been prevented if they had included the chipotle sauce that was mentioned in the menu, but sadly ours was missing that (and I just realised when we were already done!).
The avocado tostada wasn’t what I was expecting either. I actually thought it was going to be a well-loaded tostada with avocado, tomato and all sorts of deliciousness, but it was more of a salad with a side of crispy tortilla, so not really my cup of tea.
The mac and cheese was one of the things that I was most excited about, because I wanted to see how it compared to the ‘real deal’.
My two cents? It was alright for being vegan, but I don’t think that’s the point, isn’t it? I think vegan food is good when you want to eat it because it’s delicious, not when you have to eat it because it’s the only choice you have.
Let’s taco ’bout the mains
Apart from the tacos you can see above, we also had a sweet potato and portobello mushroom burrito.
Similar to the mac and cheese, the burrito was alright, but I’m not sure it’d be my first choice, specially if it was standing next to a good chorizo or carnitas burrito. One thing I do need to say is that it was a bit spicy for me, so keep that in mind if you can’t tolerate spice that well.
Now for the tacos, the kale and mushroom was my favourite, although the vegan cheese did nothing for the flavour. The one filled with smoked bbq jackfruit with pickled red cabbage was also delicious, I loved the sauce and the texture. That’s the one I’d have again next time.
Finally, my least favourite one was the sweet potato and mushroom one. It was very very spicy, and not really the good kind of spicy since it numbed my mouth. Maybe it’s good for someone like G that can eat spice without problem, though! So it depends on your tolerance level.
The other thing I need to warn you about is that the tacos are tiny, so don’t be fooled when you read ‘3 tacos’ on the menu (I thought this was going to be a lot of food, and it was okay just for the two of us, but we didn’t feel stuffed afterwards or anything like that).
Overall, I think my favourite was the jackfruit taco (which reminds me of Tampopo’s jackfruit rendang!) and if I had to pick a tapa, then it’d be the mac and cheese, just keep in mind it doesn’t compare to a ‘proper’ one.
I’m not sure how vegans feel about this menu, so if you’re on a plant-based diet, I’d love to know your thoughts! I personally wouldn’t really pick El Capo’s vegan selection, but if you’re looking for a veggie recommendation, make sure to come back on Thursday for a delicious one 🌱
Thanks for reading me!