A Mexican Gem in the heart of Taringa
Can you imagine a place that lifts you up when you are feeling a bit low? Got that feeling that you are really not interested in eating but you go along with a hungry troop, see and smell the food and actually find your appetite? Dos Amigos, literally meaning “two friends”, is a Mexican restaurant in Taringa which will make you happy no matter what time of the day you visit.
The restaurant has an ethnic charm with a strong Mexican flair in its decor – from the hanging parrots, decorative hats adorning walls, painted murals in bold solid colours, to the rustic wooden tables and chairs. As soon as you settle down, a bowl of nachos is offered with Mexican salsa. The menu is big with the Mexican theme running through it too. We have tried quite a few items in the menu by now and have never been disappointed. Last night the restaurant had quite a few couples enjoying a Saturday dinner and a family was celebrating the 18th birthday (my guess) of a boy. The family especially the mom was so happy and festive that I was wondering if I’d be like that when my boy turns 18. My husband thinks that there is a high chance, as I seem to ageing in reverse like Benjamin Button.
We ordered three Jalapeño poppers and I felt quite full after having one popper. You have to eat the popper to believe how incredibly delicious it is… its layers of yumminess packed around a green jalapeño with a melt in your mouth cream cheese packed inside the jalapeño. The beef enchilada was great as always. We often order the Combination Dinners which rightly alert the customers that “these dinners are very large – entrees not recommended!” One combination dinner is enough for two adults if they are light eaters. The kids had a mini chicken quesadilla. The churros came with vanilla ice-cream. What a sweet little treat for just 5 dollars – 3 churros and a scoop of icrecream. Dos Amigos costs about $30 per head including drinks. The early bird discount is really worth having.
One of the most unique things that makes Dos Amigos an experience to remember goes beyond the ambience, Mexcian music (Gypsy Kings), and food. The restaurant is owned and run by a lady who is charged with energy, moving about taking orders, going back in the kitchen, and attending to about everything including carrying-in beer cases on her shoulders. In my multiple visits to the restaurant (as you can tell it’s amongst my favourite in Brisbane), I always found her in the restaurant, ready to take orders with a smile on her face. Clad in her usual black uniform, this woman understands service like few people do.
Service Quality: Great!
Date of visit: Saturday, September 24, 2016 (Dinner time)