Tasty food at Enchilada in Kaiserslautern
Finding good Mexican food in Germany is very hard. When I arrived, I was told not to go looking. Friends told me several times, as a Texan I’d be sorely disappointed. But I haven’t heeded their advice — I still look for it.
When I was told about the new Mexican restaurant — Enchilada — in Kaiserlautern, I had to at least try it out. I made reservations the week before I visited because it was recommended if we were going to sit down for a meal. Plus, I know how Primavera restaurant gets on weekends.
When my husband and I arrived, we were sat promptly and given the English menus. I browsed the menu, knowing I wanted a margarita and tacos. My husband perused a little longer before settling on a chimichanga. Our drinks came swiftly, my margarita with a lemon wedge on the rim. I glanced at it skeptically: margaritas come with limes. My first sip was surprising sweet, which had me confused. I glanced at the Classic Margarita on the menu again – tequila, triple sec, lemon and simple sugar. What threw me off was the simple sugar, something that I don’t normally have in any of my margaritas at home. Thankfully, the heavily salted rim helped make up for the sweetness.
What’s Mexican food without chips and salsa? At Enchilada you get to choose your dip – guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo and others. My husband and I settled on guac. When the chips arrived, I realized the portion size for the guacamole was very small and very hard to put your chip into. It was the size of a paper ketchup container. While durable, my husband and I had far more chips than dip to our disappointment. (Note: You can order more dip for 1 euro per serving, but I didn’t see this until after finishing the guac.)
I’m no longer surprised when the food is different than what I was expecting. The street food tacos I ordered had all the ingredients combined. It wasn’t like ordering a #3 taco combo at Mi Cocinas in Dallas. The black beans, pulled pork, peppers and cheese were combined as one in the taco with a side salad and a small cup of salsa. While tasty, the tacos were not what I was expecting and didn’t diminish my need for Mexican food. The salsa tasted like tomatoes, with no real kick or spiciness, so I didn’t add it to my tacos. My husband enjoyed his chimichanga, which also came with a side salad and a dip.
My definition of Mexican food and any sort of Tex-Mex is very different than Enchilada - that is what happens when you spend 20 years in Texas. But the food was tasty. The dishes, a fusion of German and Mexican, were good. The guac tasted like guac not just avocados. The margarita is not something I’d order again, but they have a laundry list of alcoholic drinks to choose from. The tacos to me were delicious, just didn’t satisfy my craving for carnitas. I will probably visit again, just so I can order a mojito.