Review: Chuchos real Mexican food in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mexican food has always been my favourite – as kids, taco night on a Saturday night was a real treat and visiting Tijuana in 2009 for the day and having authentic Mexican food and a frozen strawberry margarita was probably one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had. I even had a Mexican theme birthday in 2008 (see below for photographic evidence). Problem is, good Mexican food has always been hard to find in Newcastle. We had Blue Coyote years ago and of course Chiquito at the Metro Centre (now in Eldon Square). But their authenticity is dubious at best. Thank goodness, in that case for Chuchos in Byker.

We went for lunch a few weeks ago when we had some annual leave to take and were absolutely blown away by the quality and the cute cantina style atmosphere. It’s only 10 minutes outside of Newcastle city centre and a 5 minute walk from Byker metro. It’s small but perfectly formed with a handful of tables, an impressively fully stocked bar and an open kitchen – always a good sign when you can see your food being cooked. The decor is bright, casual, vibrant and welcoming, with Mexican wrestling on the TV and you access the menu via a QR code on your phone or it’s available on their website.

As it was lunchtime we were eating light and decided on a couple of starters each then the offer of 3 tacos for £9. All washed down with a margarita, actually, washed down with two. But more on that later!

I to start I had the quesadilla; folded flour tortilla filled with mozzarella and topped with tomato salsa, feta and coriander and Dave had the Enfrijoladas, which were similar to the quesadilla only stuffed black beans but also topped with feta and coriander. I’ve never really considered feta on or in Mexican food but it works so well and you can really taste all of the fresh ingredients coming though.

For our tacos we went for a real mix of meats and fish to try all the different fillings. For me the real standouts were the Mexican Chorizo which was a little smokier than Spanish chorizo (in a good way!) and the black pudding taco. Whoever though of putting black pudding in a taco is a genius – the slight spiciness works perfectly with Mexican food and is definitely something we’re going to adapt when making Mexican food at home going forward. Dave’s battered cod taco was also particularly delicious – you definitely need a meaty fish for a taco or else it all just falls apart but these being battered, they maintained their consistency well.

As for drinks, Dave always makes me a mean Margarita and as such I’m often disappointed when I have them elsewhere, the Margaritas at Chuchos however definitely gave Dave’s a run for their money, so much so I needed a second one just to make sure they were on par!

We didn’t book as it was lunch time and managed to get a seat straight away no problem however I think for an evening meal I would recommend booking a table if you don’t want to wait or risk not being able to get a seat at all. We’re already looking forward to visiting again for dinner over the summer to tackle one of their gorgeous, hefty looking burritos.

It’s worth noting that Chuchos has Taco Tuesday where three tacos are £8 all day on a Tuesday and 2 for 1 margaritas every Thursday – perfect if you drink them two at a time. Like Me.

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2 Comments

  1. Samantha Rickelton
    April 26, 2023 / 8:51 am

    It’s great there! You should also try Mexico70 in Sunderland if you’re ever that way xx

    • honestlyhelen
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      April 26, 2023 / 7:52 am

      Oh thanks! Also love the one in Durham too but nice to see good Mexican food in Newcastle!

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