Monday, April 27, 2015

Panchos Mexican Taqueria @ Mid Valley

Dónde está la taqueria? Opening this week in Mid Valley, Panchos claims it serves the city's tastiest tacos, burritos & quesadillas; there are a couple of other contenders in KL for that crown, but fortunately, this isn't entirely an empty boast - Panchos' food harbours lively, full-bodied flavours that linger in the memory, mirroring its founders' confidence.

Panchos does justice to the fundamentals of a taco shop - customers can choose from soft flour tortillas or crispy shell corn versions, filled with one of the following five - smoky chipotle slow-roasted pulled beef, slow-braised sweet-sticky beef brisket, flame-grilled herb chicken, picante chilli chicken or pan-fried fish - plus pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, cheese & lime. Convincingly textured, with an unmistakable vitality in taste that's a testament to Panchos' kitchen-produced marinades & fillings, which reputedly include pinto beans from Mexico, made-from-scratch salsa & market-fresh tomatoes, cilantro & onions.

Panchos' burritos are possibly even more enjoyable; have 'em rolled in a warm, whole-wheat tortilla or in a cardboard 'bowl' without the tortilla; either is hearty enough for a filling meal at RM16.90. While Mexican food has its admirers in KL, it still boasts more of a cult following than true mass appeal; Panchos' accessibility - extending to its easy-to-like flavours, its fair prices & convenient venue near the GSC multiplex's ticketing counter - could play a part in promoting a Mexican food wave.

Nachos (RM18.90) & quesadillas (RM14.90) are available too, though these may not stand out as much as the tacos & the burritos. Order a beef filling if you like prefer robust dynamics & heftier dimensions, & add extra guacamole (the rendition here is juicy rather than creamy, with a raw zing & rich zest). Trivia: Panchos is founded by KL-based couple Thomas & Jennifer, who'll be familiar to folks who've patronised their previous project, a private kitchen called Jumak Dining. Thomas is Korean, but his gastronomic influences are genuinely global, having spent years continent-hopping through Mexico, the UK & Australia.


One more tip: Don't overlook the sauce counter, not noticeably tucked beside the slushie machine, where customers can choose hot seasonings & sliced jalapeno peppers to spice up their meal. The extra heat is worthwhile & can be enjoyably washed down with a bottle of Jarritos - refreshing Mexican soft drinks in fruit flavours like grapefruit, pineapple or tamarind.

Panchos Mexican Taqueria
Level 3 Mezzanine, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur. Same floor as Madame Waffle

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20 comments:

  1. Mexican food? Count me in! Nice photos Sean!

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    1. Ken: thanks! count me in too, all the time! :D

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  2. This wasn't there the last time I was staying at a hotel at Mid Valley - two years ago, I think. Only Mexican then was Chili's. Sure would love to check this place out when I get the chance.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, there are a couple more mexican outlets at mid valley and the gardens now, so you can check 'em out the next time you're here :)

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  3. There was a mexican stall in Intermark food court, but before I can try, it closed already.
    This one not too far from our home, hehe.

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    1. CK: ooo, andale andale has closed ... so sad ... ya, it was a nice mexican stall that served porky food :) guess you can try Panchos the next time you're at mid valley :)

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  4. The decor and presentations are lovely, Sean. Unfortunately I am not a fan of Mexican food due to the fact that it is too hot and spicy for me.

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    1. Linda: true, the spices can flare up ... though i think many mexican restaurants do offer some dishes with a toned-down level of fieriness :)

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    2. The "HOT" believing is wrong about mexican food, a real taqueria makes tacos and you can choose from non spicy to hell grade sauces, mexican food is more about taste, not spicyness, I've had more spicy in Thailand...

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  5. I like the option of a wholemeal tortilla :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yep ... and theoretically, the burrito 'bowl' is gluten-free too :)

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  6. Rarely seen rice dishes in Tex-Mex cuisine~

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, rice, corn and wheat are all quite widely used in mexican cooking :)

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  7. Ooo...I definitely prefer the hard tacos more! ;D How nice if we could choose a different filling for each of our tacos! Haha!

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    1. Contact.ewew: i like crispy tacos too, though the soft ones are nice if the tortillas are not too thick, heh :)

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  8. You know what I really want from there? the jalopeno sauce!

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    1. KY: you're in luck ... the jalapeno sauce is available as a free flow from the counter :D

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  9. The only mexican stuff I can see on the menu are the "jarritos" soft drinks... the rest of the menu is more Texas than Mexico... Sad but true...

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  10. That looks like a very fun place to eat. I love when restaurants actually try and give their place a unique vibe. I feel that there are too many chains and look-a-likes. One chain that I think does a good job of making each location special is mellow mushroom. Not only do they have good food but they're also cool.

    Diane Baker @ Alejandra's Restaurant

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